Draft concept of constitutional reforms does not provide for transition to parliamentary republic

Draft concept of constitutional reforms does not provide for transition to parliamentary republic

YEREVAN, April 10, /ARKA/.  A draft concept of constitutional reforms in Armenia does not provide for the transition to a parliamentary form of government, Constitutional Court chairman Gagik Harutyunyan, who is heading a constitutional reforms commission, told reporters today.

He said the draft concept calls first of all for improvement of the current form of government.
According to him, the commission seeks to solve the existing problems, and a parliamentary form of government was also proposed as an alternative way of addressing these challenges.

The commission was set up by president Serzh Sargsyan on September 4, 2013.

Harutyunyan said president Serzh Sargsyan told the commission members that he would never again stand for the position of head of the government and if a parliamentary form of government were chosen he would never aspire to become prime minister.

"The president said he did not want in any way to limit the commission's work,’ said Harutyunyan.

Acting justice minister Hrayr Tovmasyan added that Sargsyan is a supporter of the current form of government. -0-

15:18 10.04.2014

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