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President Serzh Sarkisian called for a “new impetus” to democratization in Armenia as he addressed the nation on its Constitution Day marked July 5.

The Armenian leader said that the Constitution, adopted in a referendum in 1995 and amended in a similar democratic procedure ten years later, reflected “our determination to create a social, law-governed and democratic state.”

“Much has been done for bringing the Constitution to life. However, we should admit that much has not been fully realized yet. Today, through our steps and our resolve we must be able to give a new impetus to further democratization of the country,” Sarkisian said in a congratulatory message disseminated by his press service.

“The rights and liberties of our citizens enshrined in our Constitution must enter every home and every office, every town and every village; they must become not only Constitutional norms but norms of life. We can do it because there is political will of the authorities and sincere desire of the vast majority of our people,” he added.

Armenia’s Minister of Justice Hrair Tovmasian also praised Armenia’s Constitution, which he said embodied the consummation of ex-Soviet Armenia’s transition towards a new type of state.

In an interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service on Tuesday Tovmasian also placed importance on the 2005 constitutional reform, in which he was actively involved as a specialist in constitutional law.

In particular, the minister said that the reform supported by the Council of Europe and other international institutions “significantly expanded the scope of fundamental human rights and freedoms” in Armenia.
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