YEREVAN, February 27. /ARKA/. The changes in the government that Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has promised in his election campaign not necessarily mean replacement of the current prime minister, Tigran Sargsyan, by another, Armenian National Assembly Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan said Wednesday at a news conference. He said that the matter is not being discussed now.
The speaker said the Parliament will embark on them after the president’s swearing-in ceremony on April 9.
In accordance with the Armenian Constitution, the president accepts the Cabinet’s resignation in 50 days after the presidential election poll and appoints a new prime minister, who shapes a new Cabinet in 20 days after his appointment.
Asked whether he seeks the prime-ministerial seat, Abrahamyan answered jokingly: “Once I wanted, but now I don’t want”.
Sargsyan was reelected by 58.64% of votes. The second vote-getter was Raffi Hovannisian, leader of Heritage party.
Rumors are going around about discussions in the ruling Republican Party of Armenia over probable replacement of Tigran Sargsyan by somebody else. Karen Karapetyan, vice-president of Russia’s Gazprom and a former mayor of Yerevan, is pointed out as the most likely successor of the current premier, but Galust Sahakyan, head of Armenian Republicans’ faction in the National Assembly, denies these allegations. -0-