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Armenia’s president approves transition to parliamentary government system

March 14, 2015, 22:18 updated at: March 15, 2015, 1:12 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Sargsian instructed the special commission of lawyers to hold discussions on the concept with the country’s political parties

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Serzh Sargsian

Serzh Sargsian

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YEREVAN, March 15. /TASS/. Armenian President Serzh Sargsian approved on Saturday a concept of the constitutional reform that envisages transition to a parliamentary government system.

Sargsian instructed the special commission of lawyers, which he established on September 4 and which presented the document to him, to hold discussions on the concept with the country’s political parties.

Armenia’s president told the lawyers he "has the same substantiated opinion that constitutional reforms are crucial for the country as they can be carried out only under the condition of broad political consolidation."

"This concept is a programme document which implementation will actually provide new opportunities for Armenia’s growth," Sargsian said.

"The legal commission’s reasons and grounds are substantial taking into regard the transition to the parliamentary government system," he said adding that the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe "agrees that the parliamentary government system may entrench democracy in Armenia."

"The consultations with political parties showed that straightforward and coinciding approaches cannot be applied to the issue," he said expressing his concern over "the lawyers’ approaches to amending the current system of presidential government."

Sargsian said that "he has no clear comprehension yet how the offered parliamentary government system will unequivocally guarantee two constituents - the country’s foreign and domestic security and stability of the system of the state governance which the current government system ensures."

Besides, Armenia’s president said that "it is not by chance that the lawyers expressed their doubt in stability of the parliamentary government system and proposed preliminary options for transition to it.".

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