ArmInfo. Given the country's constitutional crisis, lack of confidence in the Constitutional Court, the fact that this court was the last bastion of the former regime, it should inevitably undergo changes, Chairman of the Republic Party, former Prime Minister of Armenia Aram Sargsyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"And I don't understand why the members of the Constitutional Council refused to accept the numerous solutions proposed by the state. These people stubbornly continue to classify themselves almost as saints. And if they try to convince society of their honesty, service to the state and the people, that today they're fighting not for their own welfare, I have to characterize this as a big deception, "he stressed.
Sargsyan recalled how these very members of the Constitutional Court did nothing, did not say a single word in 2004 in protest against the neglect of the president to hold a referendum on confidence by their own decision. They preferred to remain silent and receive a salary for silence, rather than for actions. They, according to the politician, preferred to remain silent in response to the shooting in March 2008 of ten citizens. They knew about the pressure on some of their friends and were silent again.
"They were silent until today and have done absolutely nothing in the direction of restoring justice. Therefore, these people are not honest with the people. And today, intending to appeal to the ECHR, they want to harm the state, harm the people for the last time. They themselves know perfectly well that the Armenian courts are deprived of public trust, they themselves do not trust them, therefore they intend to apply to the European court. And I do not think that these people deserve the pensions that the authorities are so generously going to grant them, " Sargsyan concluded.
The National Assembly adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution of Armenia, providing for amendments to the article 213, which regulates the term of office of the chairman and members of the Constitutional Court, as well as the removal of judges appointed before the seventh chapter of the Constitution entered into force and whose powers have expired. The project also provides for the termination of the powers of the chairman and the appointment of a new chairman of the Constitutional Court. Thus, Hrayr Tovmasyan, whose 12-year term of office as head of the Constitutional Court has not expired, will continue to work only as a judge of the Constitutional Court. On June 26, parliamentary amendments to the Constitution entered into force. Three new judges of the Constitutional Court should be elected within two months.