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Serzh Sargsyan: The draft law on the constitutional reforms should be seriously discussed

  • by Nana Martirosyan

  • Saturday, May 24, 13:10

 President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan said at the 15th congress of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, that he does not understand the position of the political forces which have come forward for changing of the government system in the republic, and now say there is no need of the constitutional reforms, 

He said that as an alternative, the draft of the constitutional reforms offers to transfer to the parliamentary government system. "I think that the issue should be seriously discussed, as constitutional reforms are the guaranty of building the democratic state  and withdrawal of the omissions available in the state management system", - the president emphasized. 

ARF Dashnaktiutyun and Prosperous Armenia Party earlier came forward for transition to the parliamentary government system. However, at present they think that the draft law on the constitutional reforms does not reflect all the problems of the country.

To recall, the Presidential Committee for Constitutional Reform has made public a preliminary concept of the 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. The authors of the project offer changes to the system of the presidential election. The presidential contenders must be non-party men, which will make them impartial arbiters for the legislative and executive powers. The new reforms will give the president a role of an arbiter with no executive powers. The authors of the project of constitutional reform explain such 'innovations' with the intention to de-monopolize the power, as a super-powerful president enjoying the support of the parliamentary majority inherently grasps the power. Meanwhile, the Committee members say a president having no party belonging will not be able to monopolize the power in the country.

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