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When the Constitutional Court actually recognized that shameful Criminal Code article on "grave insult" as constitutional, after that, it is a serious problem for me to perceive the Constitutional Court because I have not known such a Constitutional Court. Opposition MP Aram Vardevanyan—who is an attorney by profession—told this to reporters Monday during the protest by Armenia’s opposition Resistance Movement.

"This seems like a certain watershed between the Constitutional Court and the Constitution when the Constitutional Court decided to draw such a line. This means that constitutional justice is in a serious crisis [in Armenia]," he said, adding that this crisis will deepen by appointing attorney Seda Safaryan—the government’s nominee—as a judge of the Constitutional Court.

"For a simple reason because she is not specialized in the field of constitutional justice. In addition, she has a very pronounced [pro-government] political position; this is a detriment to constitutional justice. We are now in a completely different logic; the logic that a person who has never worked as a lawyer, investigator or prosecutor is appointed Prosecutor General. Being appointed from the PM's assistant to Prosecutor General is not good because you turn the prosecutor's office into an envoy of the executive; but that is the reality [in Armenia]," Vardevanyan emphasized.

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