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Ararat Mirzoyan’s Speech in the Leadership Forum Held in Washington: Reasserting the Independence of the Legislature in the Face of Rising Authoritarianism
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“The rise of the authoritarianism has been already noted in the early 2000s across the globe. At the same time, we all understand very well that this global challenge has multi-faceted explanations, but if one is to pinpoint the main reason for this negative development, it will be the failure of the traditional democratic mechanisms to remain connected with the citizenry.

Before reasserting the independence of the legislature, we should also reassess the role and the reason for the independent legislature. Three centuries ago, one of the forefathers of American Constitution James Madison in the Federalist Papers, delved into the concept of the “pure democracy” and the “Republic”. He warns as of the adverse effects of the factionalism unchecked by the republic. This wisdom shines even stronger today when democratic institutions have been in place for a long time.

The peaceful, democratic April Revolution of 2018 in Armenia was single yet important victory over the consolidating authoritarianism. This popular movement came to re-establish the connection between the citizenry and its government. In 2018, the Armenian citizens conquered their right to choose their representatives in a free and fair election, a right that was denied too long for them. This fact has been recognized not only by our international partners but also by all the political forces in Armenia.

While the free and fair elections are the necessary condition for democracy, there is a long work in establishing the Republic in the Madisonian sense. The institutionalization of the democracy and asserting the role of the legislature in this process is paramount in order not to allow “factionalism” to ruin the very fabric of the democratic polity. In Armenia, we are currently pursuing this through reforming and strengthening the democratic institutions, where reversal of the democratic breakthrough will be unattainable.

The independent legislature of women and men is the backbone of any democracy. Through asserting the independence of the legislature, we vaccinate our democratic polities from infection of the factionalism. The independent and representative legislature on the one hand allows all the necessary channels for airing diversity political beliefs of our societies and on the other hand through institutional mechanism maintains the public debate in the counters of the republic.

To conclude, this bipartisan format of the House of Representatives sets an important example for other legislatures across the globe, to revisit and realize the concept that Madison has left to us. The independent legislative as a political institution remains the firm and yet agile shield that provides enough resolute to withstand the attacks of authoritarianism but also entails sufficient flexibility not to break under the internal pressure,” the Head of the Parliament noted.

Ararat Mirzoyan Delivers a Speech at PACE European Conference of Presidents of Parliament
“Distinguished Madam President, Distinguished Madam Secretary General, Dear colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a real honor for me to be here tod...

Ararat Mirzoyan’s Speech During the Meeting with the Participants of Annual Conference of RA MFA Apparatus and Heads of RA Diplomatic Missions Abroad
“Dear Colleagues,We are glad to host the Apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Heads of the RA Diplomatic Missions Abroad...

Speech by NA President Ararat Mirzoyan in the House of Representatives of Cyprus
“Distinguished Mr Syllouris,Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,It is a great honour for me today to deliver a speech before the House of Representa...

Speech by RA NA President Ararat Mirzoyan at Opening of Second International Forum “Development of Parliamentarism” in Moscow
“Dear Vyacheslav Volodin,Dear Mr Tolstoy, Mr Lavrov,Dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen,First of all, let me thank the Speaker of the State Duma of ...

Ararat Mirzoyan’s Speech during Parliamentary Hearing Titled “The Perspectives in the Application of Transitional Justice Instruments in Armenia”
Let me express my gratitude to you for responding to my appeal and providing such representational participation in this hearing. I can confidently in...

RA NA Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan Sends Condolence Message to Speaker of Parliament of Sri Lanka
The RA NA Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan sent condolence message to the Speaker of the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Karu Jaya...

Ararat Mirzoyan Sends Letter of Acknowledgement to President of Chamber of Deputies of Italy
Ararat Mirzoyan sent a letter of acknowledgment to the President of the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Italy Roberto Fico. The letter of ackno...

Ararat Mirzoyan’s Address to the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament on the 100th Anniversary of the Formation of Parliamentarism in the Country
Distinguished Mr Irakli Kobakhidze,On behalf of the deputies of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and on my own behalf I cordially cong...

Ararat Mirzoyan Continues Receiving Congratulations on Being Elected NA President from His Foreign Colleagues and Heads of Inter-Parliamentary Organizations
The Speaker of the National Assembly of Bulgaria Tsveta Karayancheva, the President of the German Bundestag Wolfgang Schäuble, the President of the De...

RA NA President’s Condolence Message to Yezidi People on Death of Yezidis’ Spirtual Leader Mire Mir Tahsin Beg
“I learnt with deep pain on the death of the spiritual leader of the Yezidis of the world Mire Mir Tahsin Beg.Tahsin Beg was firmly related to the sta...

RA NA President Ararat Mirzoyan’s Congratulatory Address on Army Day
“Dear compatriots, I congratulate all of us on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian Army.The creation of the Armenian ...

Ararat Mirzoyan Continues Receiving Congratulatory Addresses
On the occasion of being elected in the position of the President of the RA National Assembly the Speaker of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of...

NA President of Artsakh Republic Ashot Ghulyan Congratulates Ararat Mirzoyan on Being Elected RA NA President
“Distinguished Mr Mirzoyan, please accept my sincere congratulations on being elected RA NA President. During its one-century activity the Parliament ...

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