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YEREVAN. – President of Armenia's National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan made an extraordinary statement in relation to the Constitutional Court, human rights defender Ruben Melikyan wrote on Facebook.

“The content of the speech was nothing but a regular demonstration of the process dating back to May 20 that is subordinating the judiciary and, in particular, the Constitutional Court to the ruling political power, the official involvement of the legislature in that process,” he said.

“The most interesting point was the timing of the speech, the day before the publication of the judicial act on the second president's restraining order based on the Constitutional Court’s ruling. Given the experience of recent months, it can be argued that the chosen time was by no means accidental. By downplaying the ruling, the aim was to indirectly influence the court of first instance, not to obtain a valid ruling based on the judge's internal conviction, but rather to have a judicial act expressing the political will of the ruling political force,” Melikyan wrote.

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