by Tatevik Shahunyan
Heritage Party sees the need for a constitutional reform in Armenia, Armen Martirosyan, a member of Heritage Party Board, told ArmInfo.
According to him, the constitutional reform must be carried out by new, legitimately elected power, not the incumbent authorities that just seek to retain power through amending the Basic Law. Martirosyan said the Heritage Party seeks to change the model of government in the country form the semi-presidential to the parliamentary one, where the opposition would have more supervisory powers.
As for the effective Constitution of Armenia, Martirosyan said that it was adopted 1995 with violations and is still enforced with violations. "The Constitution has failed to build a socially-oriented legal state," he said.
To recall, the President initiated a project of constitutional reforms that feature transition to the parliamentary system of government in Armenia. The document, particularly, calls to expand the parliament's supervisory powers, authorize the legislative body to elect the president for a 7-year term. Sargsyan assures he does not seek the prime minister's post.
On July 5 Armenia celebrates the Constitution Day. The Constitution was adopted in 1995. On 27 November 2005, the document underwent certain amendments under president Robert Kocharyan.