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Armenia's Proposed Constitutional Changes Would Create Parliamentary Republic

YEREVAN -- Armenia has made publics parts of the proposed constitutional changes that would transform the current national political system into a parliamentarian form of government.

The Special Commission on Constitutional Reforms published seven draft articles of the draft constitution late on July 15.

Among the proposals, the president would be elected by “special electors” consisting of lawmakers and local officials, from a list of nonpartisan candidates, and for a term of seven years without the possibility of reelection.

Executive powers would be given to the prime minister, who would be nominated by parliament and appointed by the president.

The amendments are to be submitted to a national referendum by the end of 2015.

Armenia's next parliamentary elections are scheduled for 2017 and presidential polls for 2018.