YEREVAN, April 14. / ARKA /. The new Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan promised today to listen to the arguments of the opponents of a new pension reform, the Armenian service of the RFE/RL reported.
“We will listen to all the opinions. We are not enemies of our people, and we will do our best to solve the problems existing in our society, “ Abrahamyan said.
Speaking on Sunday at a meeting of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), President Serzh Sargsyan said the new government should continue the reforms initiated by the previous Cabinet, including the mandatory funded pension system, which according to a recent public opinion poll, is opposed by 88 percent of respondents in Yerevan.
The newly appointed prime minister said also that he will listen to the views of all the political forces represented in the parliament, the civil society and expert groups. He did not rule out the participation of other political forces in the new government. Abrahamyan also promised that his government would be open and transparent.
On Sunday, deputy parliament speaker Eduard Sharmazanov from the ruling party said the new government may include representatives of the Prosperous Armenia Party the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. -0-