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    Armenian Diaspora want to controlling Armenia.

    INTERNATIONAL 11.30.2005 Wednesday - ISTANBUL 12:26
    Armenians Strengthen Power of Parliament, Diaspora
    By Foreign News Desk
    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2005

    Armenians refused to approve a package of constitutional amendments two years ago. They have, however, now added to the strength of the Armenian Diaspora and parliament through their approval of the amendments package.
    The Election Commission confirmed the positive outcome of the November 27 referendum conducted for the package of constitutional amendments that were put to the vote and approved.

    Of the 119 articles in the Armenian constitution, the reform of 107 was approved. The issue of “citizenship” came first in the salient constitutional changes, and the issue of “dual citizenship” has become legal; a right that was denied according to the 1995 constitution.

    The new package of amendments automatically grants the Armenian Diaspora the right to vote and to be elected.

    “This reform would significantly increase the influence of the Diaspora in Armenian politics and reflects well on the official ties between Ankara and Yerevan,” say some diplomatic sources.

    Some opposition groups in Armenia said: “There are one or two million Armenians living in Russia. If dual citizenship becomes legal, the outcome of future Armenian elections will virtually be decided by those in residing Russia, and this is not acceptable.”

    Reducing the president’s authority and reinforcing the power of parliament are some of these changes in the new constitution, which is regarded as a transition from a predominantly presidential system of government to a parliamentary system. The new charter allows a government to be removed from office on only one condition, a vote of no confidence, even though the president is entitled to appoint a new prime minister and dissolve the parliament when necessary.

    A statement was issued the US embassy in Yerevan acknowledging the referendum outcome, and expressed hopes of strengthening democratization in Armenia.

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