Parliament Approves Constitutional Reform Draft in Second Reading

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia’s parliament on Thursday approved by a 98 to 0 vote–and one abstention–a package of proposed constitutional amendmen’s–in their second reading. Armenian President Robert Kocharian’s spokesman’said that–unlike the acting Constitution that gives the president sweeping powers–the amendmen’s reserve that role for parliament. "The parliament will have the leading role–given that political forces are able to organize themselves and consolidate–but if they fail to do so–the president of the country should be able to ensure the country remain immune from crisis," he said. The third and final reading of the proposed constitutional amendmen’s is expected in late September–after which the reform package will be put to a national referendum–within 40 days.

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