President Sarkisian Appoints New Press Secretary

YEREVAN (Armenpress)-President Serzh Sarkisian dismissed his press secretary Victor Soghomonian on Tuesday, replacing him immediately with Samvel Farmanian.
Samvel Farmanian was born in 1978 in the village of Spandarian of Shirak province. In 1995 he graduated from the Academics College of Gyumri. In 2001 he graduated with honors from the History Faculty of Yerevan State University.
In 2001-2003 he studied at Sweden’s Lund University’s Center for Eastern and Southeastern Studies having defended with distinction his master’s theses.
In 2003-05 he worked for the Open Society Institute in Armenia, in 2005-06 he worked as an aide to parliament speaker on foreign policy issues.
In 2007 he was elected secretary general of the United Liberal National Party. He is the author of many research papers and media articles. He is married and has two children.

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