Armenian Political Crisis Over Markarian Affirms

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The serious political crisis that gripped Armenia after last October’s shootings in the parliament has been overcome–but its negative consequences have yet to be eliminated–Prime Minister Andranik Markarian said on Tuesday.

Meeting foreign diplomats based in Yerevan–Markarian said the worsening of macroeconomic performance in the last six months and a gloomy mood in the society mean that the country has not yet recovered from the profound shock caused by the murder of eight senior officials–the government’s press service reported. Markarian was quoted as saying that he will strive "to restore the people’s trust in the authorities" and alleviate the hardships they have been suffering.

The Armenian leadership has been in turmoil for much of the past seven months–with rival factions seeking to undermine each other’s positions. Markarian’s appointment as prime minister a month ago sealed Kocharian’s triumph in the power struggle. The two men have since pledged to work together in addressing enormous problems facing the country.

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