“Sargsyan is trying to solidify his illegal acts with constitutional force” – Maksim Sargsyan

I oppose changes to the constitution because by doing so Serzh Sargsyan will facilitate his staying in power. Naturally, by changing the constitution, the issue of his maintaining power will not be solved for good, but by doing so it will be much easier than under conditions of the current constitution. 

Maksim Sargsyan, activist
Maksim Sargsyan, activist

In addition, the proposed constitutional changes limit human rights. In the first place, I’m referring to the right to vote. As you know, the changes will deprive citizens of their right to elect a president of Armenia. Thus, the current regime not only resolves the matter of that office but also, in one blow, resolves the problem of the post-election process.  We have been convinced, for quite some time, that these problems pose a great danger to the current regime. On the other hand, the proposed changes restrict human rights when it comes to peaceful assembly. 

I also oppose  constitutional change because, even without it, the current justice system in their hands will become totally dependent on the regime. Yes, also because the current constitution doesn’t work as it should, and it seems it will make no difference as to which constitution doesn’t work in our country. But, by changing the constitution, we are convinced that the regime and Serzh Sargsyan are trying to solidify their illegal acts with constitutional force.