Unity Parties Agree On New Majority Leader

The Republican and People’s parties forming the governing Miasnutyun (Unity) block have agreed on the candidacy of the new leader of their parliamentary faction after months of wrangling which threatened their shaky alliance.

The largest faction of the Armenian parliament will be led by Galust Sahakian–a senior member of the Republican Party (HHK)–and a figure close to the Prime Minister Andranik Markarian. The post has been vacant since May when the first cracks emerged within the Miasnutyun block.

The bloc–which won the 1999 elections–stood on the brink of disintegration in September as frictions between its two member parties came to a head. However–its collapse was prevented by a subsequent compromise deal struck by the two. The agreement on Sahakian’s appointment is another sign of the improving relations.

Markarian’s government needs the support of over two-dozen law-makers affiliated with the people’s Party of Armenia (HZhK) to push its initiatives through the parliament.

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