More “No” from Minor Political Party: Hayazn adds its voice to opposition over amendments

 More “No” from Minor Political Party: Hayazn adds its voice to opposition over amendments

Armen Hovhannisyan, a representative of the Hayazn party, claims that some provisions in proposed amendments to the Constiution of Armenia limit the right to freedom of expression and assembly, while the main reason of saying “no” is that the constitutional amendment bill has been initiated by the ruling party.

Accoring to Armenia Republican faction MP Shirak Torosyan, however, the amended constitution will promote collective decision-making.

“Our people are accustomed to parliamentary system of government. Armenia’s regional feature is its neighbors, and external challenges do not give a right to leave political decision-making responsibility and commitment on one person,” Torosyan told media on Tuesday, adding that the collective governing system will give a chance to conduct a proper policy.

The spokesman of the Hayazn party answered Torosyan by saying that the constitutional changes was a forced step by the ruling regime. “Of course, there are parliamentary countries which are very prosperous and safe, but that’s not important. They do not find a credible presidential candidate, who will later guarantee a good life; that’s why they decided to switch to a parliamentary system,” he said.

The Hayazn party says “no” to the constitutional changes. Its goal is to make the public accept those many new provisions, which are absent in the international constitutional culture, but fits best to the peculiarities of the national and, in particular, the Armenian state. (The nationalist Hayazn party, founded in 2013 has marginal influence in Armenia’s political community, as it has no representation in the National Assembly.)

Recently questions were raised by opposition politicians concerning the changes of the Constitution. They said that those changes may violate the provisions concerning the Armenian Apostolic Church, family, freedom of speech and others, but a number of parties which say “yes” to the constitutional amendments, say that such opinions are absurd.

Since November 6 the political forces having factions in parliament have been able to use free airtime on Public TV and radio to promote their message ahead of the December 6 referendum.