YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–On July 21–President Robert Kocharian issued a decree relieving Murad Muradian of the post of the Minister of Nature Protection. and appointed Vardan Aivazian as the new Minister.
At the July 23 special session of the National Assembly–Speaker of the Parliament Armen Khachatrian announced the decision of the Parliament to rename the "Stability" deputy group–to the "People’s Agroindustrial Union". The group members supported their decision by demonstrating the importance of "the agricultural and industrial development in the matter of developing the Armenian statehood as well as to the new programs in the sphere–which are being elaborated with the participation of the group members."
Hamayak Hovhannissian was elected leader of the deputy group "People’s Agroindustrial Union"–Hambartsum Avetissian being elected secretary of the group.