April 20
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YEREVAN. – Zhoghovurd newspaper of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: It seems the crisis in the RA Constitutional Court [(CC)] is just beginning.

The thing is that after three days of discussions, the Constitutional Court did not elect a new president. CC Judge Yervand Khundkaryan did not garner the necessary number of votes to assume the post of court president. He garnered two votes in favor, three against; three [CC] judges did not partake in the voting.

Let us stress: since Khundkaryan was the only candidate, he needed five votes in favor to be elected, but he actually got two votes in favor, one of which votes in favor he gave to himself, and three votes against.

Zhoghovurd daily learned that Khundkaryan received the one [other] vote in favor from [CC Judge] Edgar Shatiryan, and [CC Judge] Arevik Petrosyan gave one of the votes against, whereas [CC Judges] Hrayr Tovmasyan and Vahe Grigoryan did not even take part in the voting.

Let us note once again that Hrayr Tovmasyan [former president and now ordinary judge of the CC] and Vahe Grigoryan seem to have formed a "coalition" against Khundkaryan, and they do everything so that either [CC Judge] Arman Dilanyan or a third person—but not Khundkaryan—is elected CC president.

But, as we had predicted, there will be a 2nd round of the elections for the CC president, and it is not ruled out that only Khundkaryan will be nominated in the second round as well, and will be elected.

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