YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The governor of Armenia’s largest province of Syunik–a retired police General Suren Abrahamian–who has also played a major role in the Karabakh conflict was appointed mayor of the capital Yerevan by a presidential decree Wednesday.
Abrahamian–50–held senior positions in the Armenian ministry of interior before he was appointed a special government representative to and later governor of Syunik in 1993 and 1996 respectively.
The non-elective post of Yerevan mayor has been vacant since last February after the resignation of the former mayor–Vano Siradeghian–allied with then President Levon Ter-Petrosyan. The new mayor is regarded as a figure close to Defense Minister Vazgen Sarkisian. He is an active member of the Yerkrapah union of Karabakh war veterans–headed by Sarkisian.
Gen. Abrahamian was personally presented to the staff of the Yerevan municipality Wednesday by Kocharian who stressed the former’s "experience and strong character." He promised to give Abrahamian maximum latitude in his first undertakings.
The new mayor–for his part–told employees that he will soon unveil his program of running the city.