Republicans Object to Control of Defense Ministry by Any Party

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–A leader of the governing Republican Party of Armenia indicated on Friday that it is against giving any political party the post of defense minister in a new government to be formed by Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. Clearly referring to the Armenian ministries of defense and foreign affairs, Tigran Torosian, the outgoing parliament speaker and the Republican Party deputy chairman, said: There are two ministries whose heads are effectively chosen by the president of the republic. So why would the president of the republic gives those posts to any party? Armenian Revolutionary Federation Supreme Council of Armenia chairman Armen Rustamian, said on May 9 that the Defense Ministry must no longer be run by those who do not represent a political force or a party. We must put an end to this, he told a campaign rally in Yerevan. Torosian insisted, however, that President Robert Kocharian must continue to directly control the Defense Ministry. I dont think he has to offer any party to nominate people here and there, he said.

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