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Artsakh's Fight for Survival: Deputy Challenges Presidential Decree Dissolving Artsakh

Metaxe Hakobyan in Masis, Yerevan Armenia

Metaxe Hakobyan, a deputy representing the "Justice" faction in the Artsakh National Assembly, highlighted the indelible status of Artsakh's existence and the ongoing fight that remains imperative for the region's future. In an exclusive conversation with The Armenian Report, Hakobyan dismissed the notion of the dissolution of the Republic of Artsakh through the recent presidential decree, stating that the decree holds no legal validity as it cannot override the will of the people.

"The state was not dissolved by the document on the dissolution of the Republic of Artsakh because it was created by the people. There is no such regulation in the constitution of Artsakh, Armenia, or any other country," Hakobyan affirmed, emphasizing the intrinsic link between the state and the people.

Highlighting the potential legal routes to contest the decree, Hakobyan indicated the possibility of the Constitutional Court of Artsakh and the National Assembly of Artsakh, situated in Armenia, declaring the document null and void. She also suggested that SamvelShahramanyan, the President of Artsakh, might issue another decree to counteract the dissolution declaration.

While acknowledging the challenge posed by geographical distance and the absence of certain officials, Hakobyan expressed optimism about convening the National Assembly, emphasizing the importance of unity amidst the hurdles. She disclosed that 22 out of 33 MPs are prepared to convene, aiming to initiate essential processes and discussions despite logistical constraints.

Responding to statements from the Republic of Armenia's (RA) authorities regarding the implications of Artsakh's state institutions on national security, Hakobyan characterized these statements as attempts to intimidate. She reaffirmed the institutions' determination to operate, even functioning as non-governmental organizations (NGOs) if necessary.

Addressing the broader concerns surrounding the continuity of Artsakh's governance structures, Hakobyan emphasized the efforts to coordinate and organize upcoming sessions, highlighting the necessity of meeting, deliberating, and making crucial decisions regarding the current circumstances.

The interview sheds light on the intricate legal and political challenges facing Artsakh's governance structure amidst the recent mass exodus, while signaling the resolve to maintain the region's distinct identity and institutional continuity.


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