YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"The changes in the government structure do not imply a change in the manner of work. It is clear that structural changes alone will not improve the work of the government," President Robert Kocharian said in an interview given to the National Television on March 6. Kocharian said he has already discussed the issue of structural changes in the government with the prime minister. At the same time–he noted that the changes have to be made in stages–since only a strong government can afford revolutionary changes.
The head of state said he agreed on the merger of the ministries of public health and social welfare–though he did not recommend that step. The president pointed out that both the ministries are going through a difficult process of reforms–and it still remains unclear whether the merger will facilitate their work or create new problems.
The president said he met with the political council of the majority bloc to make sure the bloc is ready to assume responsibility for the government. The bloc answered in the affirmative. "The budget has its shortcomings–but it is all the government can submit to the National Assembly for consideration for the time being," said Kocharian.