Yerevan/Mediamax/. The final draft of constitutional reforms approved on September 5 was posted on the National Assembly website; the document will be put to a referendum.
Article 125 of the draft (the Presidential Elections Procedure) says that the President of Armenia will be elected by the National Assembly.
According to the draft, at least one-quarter of the total number of MPs are entitled to nominate a candidate for presidency. The candidate that gets at least three-quarters of the total number of the MP votes becomes the President. If the President is not elected, the second round of elections is held. All the candidates that participated in the first round can participate in the second as well.
In the second round, the candidate who received at least three- fifth of the total number of the MP votes, becomes the President. If the President is still not elected, the third round of elections is held. 2 candidates that received the maximum amount of votes in the second round can participate in the third round. The candidate that receives the majority of the votes becomes the President.
It should be noted that the draft chapters 1-7 published on 15 July said that the Armenian President will be elected by electors' meeting, and it would consist of National Assembly MPs together with equal number of local authorities.
Article 89 of the draft (the composition of the National Assembly and the election procedure) says that the National Assembly is elected by proportional election system.
“The Election Code guarantees the formation of stable parliamentary majority. If parliamentary majority is not formed as a result of elections, the second stage of the election can be held. In the second stage of the elections, formation of new alliances is permitted. The restrictions to form political coalition, conditions and procedure are laid down by the Election Code”, the document reads.