There was a time when many opposition figures in Armenia said it is necessary to amend the constitution and transfer to a parliamentary system of government, Republican lawmaker Khosrov Harutyunyan said on November 13.
“After the presidential elections, Serzh Sargsyan proposed [Heritage Party Leader] Raffi Hovannisian to undertake the task but Hovannisian refused,” the lawmaker said adding that the same forces today oppose the constitutional amendments because of the person who initiated the changes.
Mr Harutyunyan says the new constitution will open up new perspectives for the opposition.
Andreas Ghukasyan, a senior member of the “New Armenia” Public Salvation Front, disagreed with the Republican lawmaker. “Raffi Hovannisian refused to cooperate because it would legitimize false power.”
Besides, he stressed that the authorities have always achieved their objectives through bribery. “Massive bribery has criminalized our society,” Mr Ghukasyan said.
“Come and join us, say “Yes” to the draft constitution and then use your resource to take 90 percent of seats in parliament in the 2017 elections. That is a wonderful option,” the Republican lawmaker told Mr Ghukasyan.
“The main obstacle in joining the proposal is that we think the constitution is mostly violated by the Republican Party which has been in power for 16 years and has, in fact, turned to an organized criminal group which has undermined the constitutional order and usurped power,” said the representative of the “New Armenia” movement.