Kocharian Elevates Chief of Staff to New Role

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–President Robert Kocharian named one of his closest allies–who was fired recently from the government–the secretary of his National Security Council–the presidential press office said Saturday.

The former National Security Minister Serj Sarkisian will combine the new job with the post of the chief of the presidential administration to which he was appointed on November 16.

The Security Council is a consultative body comprising the country’s prime minister–parliament speaker and the ministers of defense–interior and national security. Sarkisian will join it as a full member.

In the aftermath the October 27 attack on the parliament–Sarkisian resigned as national security minister under pressure from the defense ministry and major political parties that held him responsible for giving gunmen access to the chamber. He and Kocharian were the wartime leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Kocharian also appointed Armen Petrosian to fill the vacant position of Armenia’s Ambassador to Greece. Petrosian replaces Armand Kirakosian who began his diplomatic tour in Washington last month.


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