The resignation of President of the Public Council of Armenia Vazgen Manukyan didn’t come as a surprise to me, but I don’t welcome the decision. This is what President of Against Legal Arbitrariness NGO and Armenia’s first Human Rights Defender Larisa Alaverdyan declared in an interview with Armenian News-NEWS.am.
According to her, the discourse had to be about the rather appropriate ideas that certain members of the Public Council, including the president had expressed to help the government not make mistakes, not interpersonal relations.
“There are public councils in many countries and they have proved to be effective, but it is important for the authorities to acknowledge the significance of a public council,” Alaverdyan stated, adding that the Public Council’s committees were working rather closely with the relevant bodies of the government and had recorded rather good results.
Alaverdyan also noted that even though it is impossible to dissolve the Public Council by law, it is very easy to dissolve it through manipulative technologies.
On November 13, President of the Public Council of Armenia Vazgen Manukyan resigned and explained that he was resigning because he saw no point in continuing to serve as president of the Council in the current conditions.