YEREVAN–President Serzh Sarkisian announced on Sunday his decision to appoint the parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian as Armenia’s new prime minister, reported RFE/Rl.
The announcement followed an extraordinary meeting of the governing body of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia the third such encounter held since the unexpected resignation on April 3 of Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
Under the Armenian constitution, Abrahamian has three weeks to form his cabinet and seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly controlled by the HHK.
Speaking to reporters, Republican Party of Armenia spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov said that the party leadership did not discuss the composition of the new government. He said Republican Party will be free to pick ministers from among not only it sporty ranks but also non-partisan professionals.