ArmInfo. The decision of the European Court of Human Rights regarding the appeal of Hrayr Tovmasyan and others can be made within a week. The representative of Armenia to the ECHR Yeghishe Kirakosyan said this in an interview with the RFE/RL's Armenian Service.
In addition of now former head of the Constitutional Court, Hrayr Tovmasyan, judges of the Constitutional Court Hrant Nazaryan, Alvina Gyulumyan and Feliks Tokhyan also applied to the ECHR. According to Kirakosyan, the applicants ask the ECHR to apply provisional measures in relation to the Republic of Armenia, on the basis of which the court will be able to request the documents necessary for making a decision.
To recall, the applicants do not agree with the constitutional amendments adopted earlier by the parliament and signed by the President, according to which they, in fact, lost their posts.
According to the expert, the ECHR can reject the applicant's request and don't decide on the issue at all, or make the decision at its own discretion, since the court is not obliged to follow the applicant's advanced requirements, but is based on the information received from all parties. In any case, the court can make its decision regarding the consideration of the applicants 'application within the current week. The Government of the Republic of Armenia, as noted, has already sent its answers to the ECHR on Monday. Kirakosyan also said that the applicants demanded the suspension of constitutional amendments. However, according to him, this may be beyond the powers of the ECHR.
To recall, on June 24, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian signed a package of bills, including those related to amendments to the law on the Constitutional Court. The relevant amendments were approved by the National Assembly at an extraordinary meeting on June 22. According to the amendments, the powers of the judges of the Constitutional Court Feliks Tokhyan, Hrant Nazarian and Alvina Gyulumyan, who had been in office for more than 12 years, were terminated. Already former head of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan will continue to work as a judge.
The chairman and deputy chairman of the Constitutional Court will be elected after the approval of the full composition of the Constitutional Court (9 judges). At the same time, the current composition of 6 judges is sufficient for the legality of the convened meetings, that is, the continuity of the activities of the Constitutional Court will not be violated. According to the law, in the absence of the chairman and deputy chairman of the Constitutional Court, the powers of the chairman are temporarily performed by the oldest judge, that is, Ashot Khachatryan.