It’s an option that can be considered, but at this moment, we are dealing with the existing Constitution that lays down who shall elect judges of the Constitutional Court and upon whose recommendation. This is what deputy of the My Step faction of the National Assembly of Armenia Sisak Gabrielyan told reporters today, touching upon the fact that the President of Armenia has stated that it might be right for the nine judges of the Constitutional Court to be appointed by the Government, the President and the General Assembly of Judges.
Currently, the Constitution states that the Government, the President and the General Assembly of Judges each nominate three judges of the Constitutional Court, but the National Assembly elects them. The President of Armenia recalled that he had nominated candidates three times, but the National Assembly hadn’t elected two of them.
“If the President of Armenia wants to have such a power, for the time being, there is a Professional Commission on Constitutional Reforms that is considering the issue of implementing more expanded constitutional reforms. Perhaps the option can be considered then,” Sisak Gabrielyan said. He also recalled that there have also been cases when the Prime Minister has also nominated this or that candidate for member of the Commission and the parliament hasn’t approved the nomination.