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The ECHR refused to give instructions to Yerevan to maintain the authority of constitutional court judges

The European court of human rights said Wednesday that he refused to apply measures to preserve the powers of the judges of the constitutional court of Armenia, which, according to the authorities, expired after the amendments to the Main law of the country.

Earlier, the Armenian authorities stated that made to the Constitution amendments from June 26, the head of the COP Hrayr Tovmasyan is shifted from the position and powers of the three judges - Felix tohana, Alvina Gyulumyan and Hrant Nazaryan – stop. Former Deputy speaker of the Parliament, former Minister of justice Arpine Hovhannisyan said that the government can't sack judges of the constitutional court, not yet amended the relevant article of the law on the constitutional court. In addition, four judges noted that the article had not been challenged before the constitutional court, not considered to be contrary to the Constitution and not recognized by the Parliament as invalid.

Pashinyan is counting on the adoption of a new Constitution in 2021

Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinian on Sunday in a congratulatory message on the occasion of Constitution Day of the Republic expressed hope that the new basic law will be adopted in 2021.

He noted that "Armenia needs a new Constitution, which will approve based on the will of the citizens and coming from their will the state system".

Parliament of Armenia amended the law on the constitutional court

Parliament of Armenia amended the law "On constitutional court" for the deprivation of office of three judges of the constitutional court and dismissal of the President of the court.

Earlier, the Armenian authorities stated that made to the Constitution amendments from June 26, the head of the COP Hrayr Tovmasyan is shifted from the position and powers of the three judges stop. Former Deputy speaker of the Parliament, former Minister of justice Arpine Hovhannisyan said that the government can't sack judges of the constitutional court, not yet amended the relevant article of the law on the constitutional court. In addition, four judges noted that the article had not been challenged before the constitutional court, not considered to be contrary to the Constitution and not recognized by the Parliament as invalid.

The Armenian Parliament canceled the referendum on constitutional reforms

The Armenian Parliament at a special meeting on Tuesday canceled the referendum on constitutional reforms, the decision voted 81 deputies out of 132, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Fifth of April in Armenia was planned referendum on amendments to the Basic law, providing for the termination of powers of the Chairman and members of the constitutional court appointed before the reform of the Constitution in 2015. Under the planned changes were not only two of the nine constitutional court judges. The rest seven, including the Chairman Hrayr Tovmasyan, became members of the COP in accordance with the provisions of the Basic law in edition of 1995 and 2005. The project was developed by the ruling faction of the "My step". The referendum has been postponed in connection with the introduction in the country because of the coronavirus emergency. In early June, a law was passed allowing Parliament to cancel the referendum on amendments to the Constitution.

The President changed the procedure for constitutional amendments

The President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan signed adopted on 22 June the National Assembly (Parliament) the amendments allow not to send him for signature approved by legislature constitutional amendments, said on Wednesday the presidential press service.

The amendments allow the speaker not to send to the President by the constitutional changes, and to publish them within seven days. While constitutional changes will take effect the day after publication.

In Armenia the hearings of ex-President Kocharian will resume July 7

The constitutional court of Armenia will resume the hearing on the suit ex-President Robert Kocharyan on 7 July, according to a decision signed by the head of the COP Hrayr Tovmasian.

Earlier, the constitutional court requested an Advisory opinion from the European court of human rights and the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe on the issue of conformity with the Basic law of the country of articles of the criminal code "overthrow the constitutional order", on which the accused Kocharian. The Venice Commission, in its Advisory opinion in the case of Kocharian's recommended to be guided by the principle that interpretation of doubtful points in favor of the defendant. The ECtHR recalled the ban on retrospective application of criminal law to the detriment of the accused.