Oppositionist: Bill On Legal Regime Of State Of Emergency Runs Count

OPPOSITIONIST: BILL ON LEGAL REGIME OF STATE OF EMERGENCY RUNS COUNTER TO CONSTITUTION OF ARMENIA

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Thursday, February 9, 19:27

The Bill on Legal Regime of the State of Emergency adopted by
the Armenian Parliament on Feb 9 completely runs counter to the
Constitution of Armenia, Zoya Tadevosyan, representative of the
opposition Armenian National Congress, said at today’s press conference
in Yerevan.

“By adopting this bill, the authorities make the lawlessness legal,
hereby insuring themselves against an attempted revolution in case
of electoral fraud and against reoccurrence of 1 March events, which
have probably been planned already”, Tadevosyan said.

For his part, MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Artak
Davtyan stressed the necessity of this law for the cases when the
national security is endangered. He welcomed this law and said:
“We even should have passed this law before 2008 to legalize the
safety measures in case of extreme situations”, Davtyan said.

To recall, on Feb 9 the Armenian Parliament adopted the bill on
Legal Regime of State of Emergency in the first reading. According to
the bill, the state of emergency in the republic may be introduced
only in case of circumstances which are directly dangerous for the
Constitutional regime of Armenia. To ensure the legal regime of the
state of emergency, the forces of police, national security and state
security structures may be used. The armed forces should be used
only in case the forces of the police and national security cannot
implement their task.

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