ArmInfo.The real agenda in Armenia continues to be the need to adopt a new Constitution as the basis of the state building process. Such an opinion was expressed to ArmInfo by political analyst Saro Saroyan.
"Unfortunately, the current administration directed the post-revolutionary processes in the wrong direction. As a result, they did not lead to a coordinated, fundamental resolution of the key issues facing the country. In the conditions of abandonment of the evolutionary path of development, extinguishing the" fires "periodically arising here and there with palliatives is impossible, "he said.
According to the analyst, it was the new Constitution that would allow the people to conclude a social contract on the basis of a dialogue that promotes the formation of public consensus. In turn, a social contract would open up the possibility of implementing institutional changes in Armenia and the establishment of state institutions, "he emphasized.
On February 10, Armenian President Armen Sargsyan signed a decree on holding a referendum on constitutional amendments on April 5. Earlier, at an extraordinary sitting of the National Assembly of Armenia on February 6, the deputies voted "for" the issue of the need to adopt amendments to the Constitution, providing for the termination of the powers of the chairman and members of the Constitutional Court for a referendum. We are talking about article 213 of the Constitution governing the tenure of members and the chairman of the Constitutional Court. The adoption of the amendments will allow the resignation of the current composition of the Constitutional Court.
Meanwhile, according to Saroyan, in the absence of the above processes, the referendum on determining the fate of the current members of the Constitutional Court creates, in a sense, artificial summons. Convinced of the need to change the composition of the Constitutional Court, the analyst does not attach importance to this agenda, around which it is necessary to mobilize the whole society.
The draft constitutional amendments developed by the My Step parliamentary faction provides for the termination of the powers of the chairman and members of the Constitutional Court, appointed before the 2015 constitutional reform. Seven of the nine judges of the Constitutional Court got there in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law as amended in 1995 and 2005.
According to the logic of the ruling party, the continued exercise of the powers of the judges of the Constitutional Court, appointed before the Constitutional reform of 2015, creates a discrepancy between the terms of office of judges appointed by the 1995 Constitution and those appointed by the 2005 Constitution. The powers of judges appointed after 2015 are generally limited to 12 years. At the same time, the head of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan was elected to this post after the adoption of the new Constitution, but before its entry into force.