Conclusion of Venice Commish on Armenia’s Const Reforms Not Positive

CONCLUSION OF VENICE COMMISSION ON ARMENIA’s CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS BY
NO MEANS POSITIVE: SHAVARSH KOCHARYAN

YEREVAN, JULY 26. ARMINFO. “Authors of the draft constitutional
amendments have not fulfilled all the Jun 23 understandings between
the Venice commission and representatives of Armenia’s ruling
coalition”, stated deputy from opposition “Justice” bloc Shavarsh
Kocharyan at today’s press-conference.

In particular, he considers unfulfilled an offer on introducing
“constructive” vote of no-confidence to government. As against
vice-speaker Tigran Torossyan, Kocharyan and its colleagues mean the
nomination of prime-minister’s candidature by parliament,
simultaneously expressing vote of no-confidence. “If the mechanism of
constructive distrust is to be absent and president is to be given a
right to dissolve Armenia’s National Assembly in case of double denial
of an offered prime-minister’s candidature, he will use it as a chance
to get rid of disagreeable parliament”, he stressed.

Besides, Kocharyan demanded from the ruling coalition to respond to
the offer of Venice commission on determining government’s structure
at legislative level. He expressed satisfaction with commission’s
recommendations concerning the formation of judicial branch of power,
at the same calling not to forget about the CE former resolutions
saying on the necessity to give right to Constitutional Court to
clinch arguments between various branches concerned with distribution
of authority.

He also noted that “Justice” bloc may discuss the possibility of its
participation at Aug 29 parliamentary discussions on constitutional
amendments (with participation of Venice commission representatives)
only after receiving a response from coalition concerning the
fulfillment of the noticed demands.

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