Opposition to hold discussions on nominating presidential candidate
YEREVAN, JANUARY 24, ARMENPRESS. 1/4th of the total number of Members of Parliament can nominate a candidate for President, therefore both the ruling party and the opposition have the levers to nominate their candidates, according to opposition Hayastan faction MP Aram Vardevanyan.
He said that President Sarkissian’s resignation will cause concrete political processes.
Citing Sarkissian’s resignation address, Vardevanyan warned that the country is facing a very difficult situation and that new risks of challenges exist.
MP Vardevanyan said that if Sarkissian doesn’t retract his resignation within a week and his resignation takes effect, then a 5-day period of nominating candidates begins. “The opposition will hold discussions around this issue,” he said.
Vardevanyan argued that the current Constitution provided for changing the president’s role through legislative amendments, however such amendments were not made. The MP said that the past 4 years showed that Sarkissian was complaining from his limited powers without even fully utilizing these powers.
“The president’s role could’ve gotten very seriously accomplished. After all, the powers of the president are a lot more than the powers of the Ombudsman. You’ve seen how effective the ombudsman is working – praise be to Arman Tatoyan – but you have also seen how inert and passive the presidential institution was,” Vardevanyan said, adding that now Sarkissian’s resignation could also be viewed as his attempt to avoid responsibility.