Kocharian Submits Final Draft of Constitutional Amendmen’s to Parliament Leaders

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–President Robert Kocharian submitted the final draft of constitutional amendmen’s–on July 19–to the Chairman of the National Assembly–deputies–heads of parliamentary factions and groups–and chairmen of standing commissions.

The presidential press service quoted Kocharian as saying that the document would officially be sent to the National Assembly in September–and that prior to the submission–the political forces would be given the opportunity to study the work in detail.

According to the president–a huge amount of work has been done. The package includes a new wording of the Constitution–explanations to the changes proposed–background information about changes–and the history of the commission’s three-year work. The package also includes protocols of the work with the Venetian Commission and the final conclusion–international documen’s which are essential for constitutional reforms.

Kocharian suggested that the parliamentarians study the document in detail. He announced his intention to appoint a representative for the coordination of activities with the National Assembly and the country’s political forces. He added that he will listen to and discuss all proposals relative to the draft–stressing the importance of reaching as broad a consensus with political forces as possible.

According to the president–all pre-election pledges connected with constitutional reforms are fully reflected and presented in the document. He expressed a hope that political forces will really demonstrate a constructive approach and will take interest in the discussions.

The package of constitutional changes clearly formulates the principle of the separation of powers and the correct balance between them. The chapters concerning human rights have been upgraded.

Taking the opportunity–the president again spoke about the bill "On Civil Service." He called the law on civil service an instrument without which it is impossible to reform the system of state administration.

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