Ex Chief of Staff Named Deputy Minister

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Former Kocharian chief of staff–who was fired in a recent government reshuffle–was appointed to a new post as first deputy foreign minister Wednesday.

Shahen Karamanukian–Robert Kocharian’s chief of staff–was appointed to the post by the president.

Karamanukian headed Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s administration for over six years–from 1991 to 1997. In April 1997–he was transferred to the cabinet of the then newly appointed Prime Minister Kocharian to become its chief of staff. Karamanukian did not quit after Ter-Petrosyan’s resignation and Kocharian’s assent to power.

Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian has until now had two deputies. The post of first deputy foreign minister has been vacant since April when Oskanian was appointed minister. Karamanukian–42–holds a university degree in oriental sciences.

Karabakh presidential spokesperson also announced Wednesday that Ashot Ghulian was appointed Deputy Foreign Minister in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

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