On June 23, Petros Ghazaryan’s guest on the Public TV was the chairman of the NA Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs Vladimir Vardanyan. The topic of the discussion was the constitutional changes. Petros Ghazaryan voiced the concerns of the opposition and the public that the bill adopted by the National Assembly is a constitutional coup undertaken by the ruling party, the NA wants to “own” the Constitutional Court, why they did not apply to the CC so as it expresses its opinion on the changes. Recalling the biography of the President of the Constitutional Court, Petros Ghazaryan asked what we should do so that the next President of the Constitutional Court does not turn out to be Nikol Pashinyan’s own “Hrayr Tovmasyan”.
Besides, Petros Ghazaryan did not remind the MP, who was speaking about the distrust of the Constitutional Court and the specificity of the situation, that he had worked in the Constitutional Court since 2003, and that during Hrayr Tovmasyan’s tenure he was promoted to the post of Chief of Staff. What did the former chief of staff, who accuses the Constitutional Court of failing to implement democratic reforms, do during his tenure to increase the authority of the Constitutional Court? Vladimir Vardanyan, himself, did not mention that he used to be a part of that very same court.
It should be reminded that the chairman of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan told reporters that as a lawyer he is ashamed of what happened in the National Assembly. One of the judges, Feliks Tokhyan, noted that you can not wake up and decide all of a sudden that this or that person is not a judge anymore. Judge Alvina Gyulumyan stated that she is going to apply to the ECHR.
“Media Advocate” initiative urges Petros Ghazaryan not to manipulate the audience and present the complete picture of the events.