More changes needed in the Armenian Constitution, Paruyr Hayrikyan says

02.07.2011 15:07

Siranush Muradyan

The Armenian Constitution will turn 16 on June 5. `Every schoolboy
should know that the Constitution lies in the basis of any national
program,' President of the National Self-Determination Union Paruyr
Hayrikyan told reporters today, adding, however, that due attention
has not been paid to the Constitution throughout the history of its

According to Hayrikyan, in 1995 the Constitution was written for the
then authorities. `They wrote the Constitution for themselves."
According to him, the President could dissolve the National Assembly
any moment.

However, the Basic Law was amended in 1998, and the President was
deprived of the right to dissolve the Parliament arbitrarily. Another
change, which is no less important, was that every citizen was granted
the right to apply to the Constitutional Court.

Despite a number of amendments have been implemented, Parutyr
Hayrikyan says more changes are still necessary. According to him, the
procedure of formation of the National Assembly should be
strengthened. "Besides, there should be a clear division between the
branches of power,' he said.

From: A. Papazian