Resolving the Constitutional Court’s Crisis of Legitimacy
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Expressing the collective will and tacit frustration of the Armenian electorate over the pace of judicial and structural reforms, the National Assembly, during a special session on June 22, 2020, initiated and unanimously approved a set of Constitutional amendments. A tactical coup de grâce by the majority My Step faction, this procedural mechanism entailed a strategic utilization of parliamentary rules designed to uproot the entrenched problems of the Constitutional Court which, for the most part, is a remnant of the previous, undemocratic regime. This legal and tactical maneuvering remains remarkably consistent with the recommendations of the Venice Commission as well as the judicial reforms package that the Government proposed and Parliament approved earlier in the year.
Armenian electorate; The Constitutional Court; Constitutional crisis; Velvet Revolution; Political legitimacy; Institutional legitimacy
Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Resolving the Constitutional Court’s Crisis of Legitimacy.