Bleyan Attempts to File Suit Against Kocharian Candidacy

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The Constitutional Court of Armenia is not a defender of state order–is an accomplice to the coup–and Court Chairman Gagik Harutiunian has assumed full responsibility of the above," said presidential candidate Ashot Bleyan–chairman of the New Path party.

During a meeting at the National Press Club–Bleyan reported that Armenia’s Supreme Court and Constitutional Court refused to consider his suit against the Central Electoral Commission regarding its decision to register Acting President and Prime Minister Robert Kocharian as a presidential candidate. He noted that the Supreme Court has yet to respond to his claim–even though the Lraper television program claims the Supreme Court rejected Bleyan’s case. The official response by the Constitutional Court said that the court cannot consider that case–because under the Constitution only the President or 2/3 of members of parliament have the right of filing a suit with the Constitutional Court. Bleyan appealed to Kocharian suggesting that he file a suit with the Constitutional Court to determine if his candidacy was permitted by the Armenian Constitution. Bleyan reported that the New Path party also applied to the National Assembly requesting that deputies appeal to the Constitutional Court with the same request.

Bleyan said that after the election–irrespective of its outcome–he is not going to appeal against the returns and does not want to "play democracy". According to Bleyan–the New Path party is a defender of constitutional order.

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