The Republican Party has advocated for the parliamentary system since 1990, said Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Eduard Sharmazanov. He recalled the then Head of the Republican Party Ashot Navasardyan who along with other five political leaders spoke against President Ter-Petrosyan’s Constitution and proposed to establish a parliamentary system.
Armenia’s external debt has mounted by roughly 7 percent since 2011, and now given the country’s Gross Domestic Product has not actually increased, the situation appears risky. If the growth rates remain slow, the Armenian Government is likely to cover the foreign debt service with difficulty, said economist Artak Manukyan.
Aghvan Vardanyan says the proposed constitutional changes nail three principles the Armenian Revolutionary Federation prioritizes: namely the adoption of the parliamentary system, complete Proportional representation voting and enhancing the opposition’s role in the government.
The Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center launched its electronic program to monitor the voting numbers of the 2012 parliamentary and 2013 presidential elections and Yerevan City Council elections in 2013.