ArmInfo. The existing problems and a somewhat ambivalent situation around the signing by the president of amendments to the law "On the Constitutional Court" are a consequence of the development of constitutional regulations under the leadership of Serzh Sargsyan with the participation of Hrayr Tovmasyan. A similar opinion was expressed by ArmInfo human rights activist Arthur Sakunts.
On June 30, Armenian President Armen Sargsyan informed the NA Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan of his refusal to sign the amendments to the Law on the Constitutional Court. At the same time, the president did not report the reasons for the refusal. Thus, according to the Constitution, the law is to be signed by the speaker of parliament within three weeks.
"Unfortunately, these adjustments continue to apply today. Meanwhile, immediately after the" velvet "revolution, we had to develop and adopt a new Constitution and, accordingly, new adjustments. Only in this case we would not be in a situation in which we are today, we were not faced with the need to act in accordance with the Sargsyanov-Tovmasyan regulations, "he stressed.
The human rights activist emphasized the initial evidence that a fragmented solution to the problem of the Constitutional Court would be accompanied by problems. According to him, the problems of the judicial system and the state management system need to be addressed through a fundamental rather than partial reform. Both of these systems should be brought into line with the criteria and requirements of a democratic state based on the rule of law, which has not been done since Armenia gained independence.
"Actually, bringing the judicial system in line with democratic criteria was one of the main requirements of the velvet revolution. And I cannot evaluate the decisions to replace individual judges as systemic. I don't think that the discussion around these judges of the Constitutional Court today is important at all. I personally am much more concerned with the issue of restoring confidence in state institutions. The latter is possible by adopting a legitimate Constitution, "concluded Sakunts.
The National Assembly adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution of Armenia, providing for amendments to 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 expires. The project also provides for the termination of the powers of the chairman and the appointment of a new chairman of the COP. 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.