YEREVAN. – Hraparak daily of the Republic of Armenia (RA) writes: On June 18, the Venice Commission will consider two separate applications by the RA CC [Constitutional Court] and the RA authorities on the cancellation of the referendum and the terms of office of the CC judges.
"The conclusion will be [made] around June 22. The interesting thing is that the CC applied to Venice a year ago, whereas the halls of power—about a month ago; in fact, the halls of power's application is being considered quickly. It is not ruled out that there will be a ‘balanced’ response (…)," said our source.
How soon after receiving the opinion of Venice [Commission] will the CC make a decision? "Around August."
Will it be in favor of [ex-President Robert] Kocharyan? "We have to wait for Venice's advisory opinion. As for the conclusion of the ECHR [European Court of Human Rights] [in this regard], they have given grounds for the CC to make a decision in favor of Robert Kocharyan."
But will it [the CC] make [such a ruling]? "It is hard to say. Perhaps the CC expected that the ECHR would make a clear ‘decision,’ it would record it post factum, but the ECHR, naturally, would not go that way. But there are grounds for the CC to make its decision.
By the way, there is another subtlety. The questions of the RA CC were maneuvers in the context of ‘if so, then…, and if,’ to which the ECHR responded with the same diplomatic maneuver.”