Parliamentary System Won’t Work in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Discussions on the draft Constitution submitted by six parties were left unfinished towards the end of the regular three-day meeting on March 6. During the next three-day meeting scheduled to begin on March 18–the parliamentary standing commissions–factions and deputy groups will present their opinions on the bill. To sum up the discussion–the key and attendant reporters will make final reports. When Vice-Chairman of the National Assembly Tigran Torossian was asked by reporters if the parliament will start the discussion of the presidential version of Constitutional reforms immediately after discussing the submitted bill–he had difficulty answering. He referred to the provision of the National Assembly Regulations–according to which–it is the Chairman of the meeting that decides the sequence of the discussions. Torossian explained why the Republican Party of Armenia–which supports the parliamentary form of government–considers that it cannot be applied to the Armenian government yet. According to him–the past 7 years have revealed the shortcomings of the semi-presidential form of the government–and there is a possibility to draw conclusions from it. "The next problem obliging us to continue the reforms of the semi-presidential system–naturally–moving towards the parliamentary form–consists in the fact that neither of the two structure of society’s self-organization have been completely organized yet," the vice-speaker said. According to him–testifying to this are the recent developmen’s within the party–while nearly all other parties could not escape splits and collapses. Torossian believes that in case the parliamentary form of government is adopted–given the present situation–when the parliamentary parties bear the whole responsibility and powers–the parliament will not overcome this burden–which will jeopardize the further development of the country. The vice-speaker supposes that it will be possible to apply the parliamentary form of government in Armenia only in 8-10 years.

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