YEREVAN, April 10. / ARKA /. A meeting of the governing board of the Republican Party of Armenia chaired by President Serzh Sargsyan failed today to nominate a candidate to replace ex Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian who resigned on April 3.
Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for the party and a deputy speaker of the parliament, said the party’s governing board would meet again on Monday evening to name the candidate for the post.
He said under the Constitution, the president holds consultations with political parties, ‘and today the president presented the course of these consultations.”
He said on Monday, the executive body of the Republican Party of Armenia and its board will meet again to decide on the candidacy of the 13th Prime Minister of Armenia.
According to Article 55 of the Constitution, the president, based on the distribution of seats in the National Assembly and consultations with parliamentary factions appoints prime minister, who should be a person enjoying the confidence of the parliamentary majority.
The president appoints prime minister within ten days after accepting the resignation of the government. The government is formed within twenty days after the appointment of prime minister.
Tigran Sarkisian unexpectedly stepped down a week ago for reasons that were not immediately clear. Later he said it was his personal decision. The rumors that he was made resign was declined also by President Serzh Sargsyan.
Tigran Sarkisian, 54, was appointed prime minister after Serzh Sargsyan was elected president in 2008. Before that he served as the governor of the Central Bank. -0-