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Even the first article of Constitution is not implemented in Armenia – expert

Even the first article of Constitution is not implemented in Armenia – expertJuly 05, 2012 | 17:00

YEREVAN.- Even the first article of the Constitution is not implemented in Armenia, said Feliks Tokhyan, expert on constitutional right and member of the Constitutional Court.

“Whether we like it or not, the Constitution is not always implemented in real life,” he told reporters on July 5 when Armenia marks the Constitution Day.

The first article says Republic of Armenia is a sovereign, democratic, social state governed by rule of law.

Tokhyan believes the methodology changes in the constitution were correctly selected in 1995, but then they were not pursued.

“The reforms of 1999 were the best. They were called the best in Europe by the Venice Commission. But they were not passed,” he said.

Among the previous amendments was to limit presidential powers to dissolve the National Assembly. Among the proposals which were not approved later was to reduction of the number of deputies from 131 to 101.


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