YEREVAN, August 5 – Sputnik. Nominations for the posts of constitutional court judges was discussed at a meeting of the faction “step” on Wednesday. This was reported to journalists after the meeting, a member of the faction, Deputy of the Armenian Parliament Nikolay Baghdasaryan.
He assured that within the faction there is no common position in respect of the nominated candidates.
“The position will be when the vote will take place, a decision will be made, and our colleague will publish a Protocol, which will clear position of the National Assembly in respect of a particular candidate,”said Baghdasaryan.
He also noted that during the meeting, deputies received answers to their questions, and each will decide according to conscience.
As for the re-nomination of President candidate, which Parliament has already rejected, stressed that the position of the deputies of the faction “step” in relation to that candidate is not changed.
“If I voted that way, today or tomorrow will vote the same way. In the end, in the life of this man, in his criteria, nothing has changed. I do not understand this step of the President who nominated one and the same person, knowing that the choice is made by the same people, and they have already made their decision. I want to understand why I made a decision and now must accept the other,”he explained.
We will remind, the President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan had nominated Arthur Stepanyan as judge of the constitutional court. From 9 April 2018, when Sargsyan took office as President, until may 30, 2019 he presented to the National Assembly 5 candidates for constitutional court judges. Parliament rejected 4 of them (another candidate withdrew her nomination prior to its submission to Parliament). One of the candidates was Arthur Hambardzumyan, his candidacy, the Parliament rejected on may 29, 2019.
We will remind, the National Assembly of Armenia adopted amendments to the law “On the constitutional court” on June 30. According to them, the powers of all constitutional court judges are limited to 12 years.
After the adoption of the amendments was dismissed by the three judges who worked more than 12 years: Alvina Gyulumyan, Hrant Nazaryan and Felix Tokhyan. The chief justice Hrayr Tovmasyan became the ordinary judge. Instead, they will now be elected a new judge. Their candidates on vacant posts of constitutional court judges should nominate the government, the General meeting of judges and the President.
The government has nominated doctor of legal Sciences, Professor Vahram Avetisyan, the General meeting of judges of the Cassation court Chairman yervant Khundkaryan, President of the Republic Arthur Vagharshyan.