Armenian government’s course is 90% consistent with ARF’s vision
YEREVAN, September 12. /ARKA/. A senior member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun (ARF) party has commended today the government’s policy saying it is 90% consistent with ARF’s vision of how to resolve the country’s major problems. Speaking to reporters, Armen Rustamyan, the head of the ARF Dashnaktsutyun parliamentary faction, said the government's activities are on the right track with Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan having breathed new life into the country's governance system.
"The innovations the government wants to implement require time so that we may feel their results in our life. The pace may be unsatisfactory, but the direction taken by the government is almost 90% consistent with our ideas," he said. Asked whether this means that the ARF considers Karen Karapetyan to be the best candidate for the post of prime minister in 2018 after the incumbent president steps down and Armenia switches to parliamentary republic, Rustamyan said his party prioritizes the successful implementation of the government’s programs.
"Personality for us does not matter," added Rustamyan.
Under a package of constitutional reforms, endorsed in a national referendum in 2015, Armenia will change the governance system of the country from a semi-presidential to a parliamentary republic in 2018 after president Sargsyan steps down. The president of Armenia, whose powers will be significantly curtailed, will be elected for a term of seven years (instead of the current five) by the parliament. Presidents will be limited to one term of office.
To be elected in the first round the candidate must be backed by three-fourths of votes. If this cannot be done, the candidate must be elected by three-fifths of votes. According to the new constitution, the president of Armenia will be head of state, embodying national unity and ensuring the observance of the Constitution. The president cannot be a member of a political party.
Under the approved changes the president is to appoint a candidate for prime minister from the party or party bloc that wins parliamentary elections. If parliamentary forces are unable to agree on the candidacy of the head of government, parliament is to be dissolved. A vote of no-confidence in the prime minister can be passed no sooner than a year after their appointment.
The armed forces are subordinated to the government, and the prime minister is the supreme commander of the armed forces in times of war.-0-