After the local elections, the authorities tried to present their defeat in a number of communities as an achievement of democracy. Shortly afterwards, however, re-elected and disloyal to local government leaders were arrested and detained.
In a conversation with Gohar Meloyan, a lawyer and executive director of the International Center for the Development of Parliamentarism, we spoke about the above-mentioned processes, as well as a number of other issues.
“In general, this infamous government is a government of double standards. When any event is related to their personal interests and expediency, they describe it in the best terms, referring to the basic principles of democracy and the rule of law. In fact, we are now facing serious threats to legal security within our state. Let us first analyze the events in the context of the post-election process. During that period, not only political opponents were persecuted, but also a number of illegal cases were initiated. The series of nonsense did not end there. We saw that the deputies were directly imprisoned in an unconstitutional manner, without observing the Constitutional Law “Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly”, “Electoral Code of the Republic of Armenia” and the basic procedures of the Constitution. “Thank God, the Constitutional Court recently gave an assessment with its relevant decision, and those people were released,” G. said in a conversation with “Fact”. Meloyan said.
Referring to the more recent examples, speaking about the decisions to arrest a number of political opponents, G. Meloyan stressed that in many cases detention is used as a punitive tool. “We have such a situation in terms of newly elected mayors. Arush Arushanyan is still imprisoned, Mamikon Aslanyan was arrested yesterday. Why did I mention double standards, because the following is obvious? If any process is expedient, they talk about democracy, the will of the people and elections. Meanwhile, in this case, when the people have directly expressed their will, we see a different picture. All the administrative levers were in their hands, and they used it in every possible way to prevent the possibility of opposition politicians being re-elected in the local self-government bodies. But even in these conditions, the public gave its vote of confidence to those people. And what is being done today is a direct blow to the basic principles of the rule of law and the roots of the rule of law. The government has long created a situation of vacancy, today there is an anarchist atmosphere. It seems to the authorities that everything is possible for them, otherwise they do not stand in front of any obstacles or red lines, they are not constrained by any regulation. This is a serious danger and a serious problem, “our interlocutor said, emphasizing that due to various events and processes, such assessments have been voiced again in these 3 years.
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