Diaspora Affairs Manager Named

YERVAN (Combined Sources)–President Serzh Sarkisian on Friday appointed a veteran parliamentarian Hran’sh Hakobian to manage the Diaspora Affairs section of the Foreign Ministy.

The Government has decided to turn the department into a separate and larger ministry, which will begin its activities in October.

Hakopian is one the longest-serving Armenian lawmakers and a member of the governing Republican Party of Armenia. She has been close to the highest echelons of power in Yerevan since becoming the leader of the Armenian branch of the Soviet Union’s Communist Youth League in the mid-1980s.

Hakobian, 54, was elected to Armenia’s first post-Communist parliament in 1990 and, barring a two-year stint as social security minister in the administration of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, has held a parliament seat since then. She chaired the National Assembly’s committee on science, education and culture before her latest appointment.

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