YEREVAN. – The letter by the President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio, addressed to [Armenian Constitutional Court’s “outgoing” President] Hrayr Tovmasyan was mistranslated. Nikolay Baghdasaryan, a member of the majority My Step faction in the parliament of Armenia, stated this in a talk with journalists in the National Assembly Tuesday.
"Buquicchio had said [in his] that their proposals were not fully accepted, but the [Armenian] press wrote that the instructions were not fully accepted. It [the Venice Commission] is a consultative body, and as a rule, various states do not fully accept this document. I can cite examples of judicial laws, many countries, including European [ones], which have not fully adopted the advisory conclusions of the Venice Commission.
The Venice Commission had suggested that before the appointment of a new judge [to the Constitutional Court], the [serving] judges of the Constitutional Court should continue to hold office during these two months so that the stability of the Constitutional Court can be ensured. However, there is absolutely no issue of that because as a result of this [constitutional] amendment, the work of the Constitutional Court is not disrupted because six judges continue to work, who are enough for quorum. That's why we have seen that their [the Venice Commission’s] proposal is not logical," Baghdasaryan added.