Armenian justice minister downplays arguments that government must resign

Armenian justice minister downplays arguments that government must resign

YEREVAN, April 3. / ARKA /. Armenian justice minister Hrayr Tovmasyan has downplayed today the arguments that the government must resign after the Constitutional Court ruled on April 2 that some provisions of the new pension scheme that took effect as of January 1 are anti-constitutional.

According to him, ‘if we follow this logic, then after 2006 we would have witnessed the resignation of at least 60  governments because several acts relating to the Criminal, Civil and Judicial Codes, were also recognized as anti-constitutional.”

He argued that the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia does not stipulate that the government must resign if the Constitutional Court recognizes a law anti-constitutional.

The Constitutional Court ruled on April 2 that several clauses in the law "which impose certain obligations to the citizens limit some of their rights guaranteed by the Constitution." It gave the government and parliament a deadline until September 30 to bring the current pension law in tune with the Constitution

The highest court temporarily had suspended the law in January, days after it came into force, after thousands protested against it in Yerevan.

According to the new law, citizens born after January 1, 1974, are to contribute 5 percent of their monthly salaries to a pension fund and the government is  to match that contribution with another 5 percent, not to exceed 25,000 drams ($61) per month.

According to a recent public opinion survey conducted by Gallup International Association, more than 88% of respondents in Yerevan were against the mandatory funded pension system. -0 –

17:40 03.04.2014

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