ArmInfo. It seems to me that everyone except us had some expectations from the ECHR. Deputy Speaker of RA NA Alen Simonyan stated this in an interview with reporters.
Simonyan said that the ruling faction was confident that the ECHR would not take such a measure as the suspension of the law. According to the Deputy Speaker, no international organization could have adopted such a resolution. <Hrayr Tovmasyan and the media serving him, as well as politicians close to him, are trying to create a storm in a glass of water. However, once again, when they try to complain about us to Brussels or to Moscow, their attempts do not give the desired effect>, he said.
The Deputy Speaker noted that, in his opinion, Hrayr Tovmasyan will do everything in his power to remain in the position of Head of the Constitutional Court.
It should be noted that the European Court of Human Rights rejected the statement of three ex-judges of the Constitutional Court and former head of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan v. Armenia. The judges of the Constitutional Court demanded the repeal of the amendments to the law "On the Constitutional Court", which deprive them of their authority. The decision of the ECHR notes that the court does not see the need to take such a measure as the suspension of the law. The fact is that changes in the structure of the Constitution do not entail such serious risks as irreversible violation of human rights.
To recall, on June 24, Armenia's 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.