Constitutional Court lost the most important chance to restore its reputation, but most importantly, to restore the legitimacy in Armenia. I am not going to go into ‘technical’ details, legal particulars. It is obvious that Constitutional Court’s decision was political one.
After what happened (1 March Yerevan bloodshed), no one really considered the possibility of Court making any independent decision in Armenia’s current circumstances, where ‘state of emergency’ is in place, government crackdown on political decent is in its full force, media is silenced… Add here a ‘chronic disease’ of dependency of Armenian legal system on whoever is in power, and you will get very 'promising' picture.
It is very telling, indeed, that Constitutional Court was making its hearings and announcing the decision being cordoned off by police and army force. What can one expect from such a Court, even if it is Constitutional?
Constitutional Court's decision will not defuse current political crisis in Armenia. Society is as divided as ever, 'president-elect' Serj Sargsyan's legitimacy is as questionable as ever.
My previous posts on this topic give some background and perhaps contain an important clue as to why this happened:
Levon Ter-Petrosyan accepts EU proposal, calls for annulment of election results, and international investigation of 1 March events
Constitutional Court of Armenia started election hearings under the ‘state of emergency’ rules
Levon Ter-Petrosyan: Ruling regime went for violent crackdown of opposition movement in Armenia to prevent Constitutional Court decision over election