Constitutional Reform Council Votes to Keep Current System

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–At its meeting Monday the presidential committee for constitutional amendmen’s reached a decision that constitutional reforms should be implemented within the framework of the system of government operating in Armenia today. It was decided–therefore–that the Committee begin start specifying the criteria of this system and–proceeding from that–to finalize the institutes of the Constitution.

According to the authors of the proposal–the "half-presidential government system" is based on president-parliament majority relations. If their policies coincide–the system resembles the system of a presidential republic–they said. If not–it resembles the system of a parliamentary republic. "The reforms are aimed at finding mechanisms to translate into reality the above-mentioned `rules of the game,’" the proposal said.

The two other forms of state government–the parliamentary and presidential–submitted for the committee’s discussion received three votes each–the "half-presidential form" received 16 votes.

The chairman of the Scientific-Industrial Civic Union–member of the Committee for Constitutional Amendmen’s–Alexander Aghamalian pointed out that the "half-presidential form" is already operating and notions have been formed regarding the strong and weak points of the form–therefore amendmen’s in the Constitution will be more purposeful. He said–however–that if another form of government is approved–the country will have to go through a new transition period–for which Armenia has no time today.

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