Central Bank Chief Set to Become New Armenian PM

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President-elect Serzh Sarkisian officially confirmed on Tuesday his intention to appoint the longtime chairman of the Armenian Central Bank as the country’s new prime minister.
The candidacy of Tigran Sarkisian was presented to and promptly approved by the governing council of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia. A party spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov, said all 90 council members attending the meeting voted for it.
“Tigran Sarkisian’s candidacy has been put forward,” the Republican Party’s deputy chairman, Razmik Zohrabian, told RFE/RL before the meeting. “I think the council will approve it.” “We will not reject the opinion of our party leader,” he said.
Tigran Sarkisian, 48, was tipped to succeed Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister even before the latter’s victory in the February 19 presidential election.
Under the Armenian constitution, the prime minister is appointed by the president of the republic but must enjoy the backing of most members of the National Assembly. The Republican Party directly controls 65 of the 131 parliament seats and can count on the backing of a dozen other lawmakers, putting it in a position to form a government single-handedly.

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