YEREVAN, April 4. / ARKA /. Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan has shrugged off media allegations that prime minister Tigran Sargsyan was made to resign on April 4. Tigran Sargsyan unexpectedly stepped down on Thursday after six years in office.
“It (the resignation) was his personal decision,” the president said today at a meeting with senior members of the Central Bank.
Eduard Sharmazanov, a deputy parliament speaker from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and a spokesman for the party, said yesterdays that the prime minister had first tendered his resignation a month ago but was asked by the president to continue performing his duties until a Constitutional Court ruling on a controversial pension reform.
According to Serzh Sargsyan, the job of prime minister is ‘a thankless job.”
“I myself worked as prime minister, not six years as Tigran Sargsyan, but that time span was enough for me to feel what a hard job it is. This is our reality, unfortunately," said the president.
The president said also the new government will see ‘substantial’ changes.
"There is a need for a new look at the existing problems", he was quoted as saying by his press office.
The president said the new government should be able to restore the trust of citizens.
"I believe that the new government must be able to ensure economic growth and continued reform. It must be able to restore the confidence of our citizens into reforms and its performance," he said. -0-