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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.

The development of the ruling faction "My step" and the Parliament adopted the draft amendments to the Constitution provided for the termination of the head of the constitutional court, which will remain the judge of KS. The amendments also suggest the dismissal of constitutional court judges who together hold this position for at least 12 years. The authors substantiate the necessity of its adoption by the fact that the reformed Constitution of 2015 sets for the members of the COP 12-year term in office. Under the project, the members of the constitutional court will be able to elect a new President after the resignation of the previous head of the COP and the changing of judges.

Earlier, the opposition of the faction of Armenia and "prosperous Armenia", said the draft amendments unconstitutional and refused to participate in the deliberations and voting. The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe expressed regret that the proposal for amendments to the Constitution was submitted to the Parliament of Armenia on the day of the adoption of its conclusion. She notes that "the proposal does not meet the recommendations set out in the opinion of the Venice Commission".

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.