ARF Says Sarkisian’s Program Hinges on Changes

YEREVAN (Armenpress)-Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian’s plans for reform will not materialize unless comprehensive changes are made in the composition of the government, a senior member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s faction in parliament told reporters on Wednesday.
The initial steps toward forming the new government seem promising and the president seems to be taking the right steps, ARF Parliamentary Faction Secretary Artashes Shahbazian said.
The ARF shares the views, which are also expressed by other high-ranking officials in the Armenian Government, that Armenia needs to undergo fundamental reform, Shahbazian said. The ARF of Armenia believes this is possible and is ready to share reasonability with the coalition government to ensure the necessary changes are made.
Sarkisian’s recent statemen’s that the new government must only be composed of qualified ministers inspires hope, he noted, adding that political and economic monopolies must be brought to an end.
"There is a new reality in our country," he said. "The authorities can not ignore the social deman’s facing the country and are beginning to adapt in order to solve the country’s existing problems."
In other news, Sarkisian Wednesday appointing Colonel-General Michael Harutyunyan as Chief Military Inspector of the President of the Republic of Armenia. A second decree signed by the president appointed Harutyunyan to the post of Presidential Adviser.

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