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Armenia’s UN ambassador appointed country’s foreign minister

May 12, 19:09 updated at: May 12, 20:29 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Since 2014 he has been Armenia’s ambassador to the UN

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YEREVAN, May 12. /TASS/. Armenian President Armen Sargsyan appointed the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Zograb Mnatsakanyan as foreign minister, a decree was published on the presidential site on Saturday.

"Armenian President Armen Sargsyan appointed Zograb Mnatsakanyan as foreign minister on the proposal from Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan," the document says.

Zograb Mnatsakanyan graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in 1990. He has worked for Armenia’s Foreign Ministry since 1991. In 2011-2014, Mnatsakanyan was a deputy foreign minister. Since 2014 he has been Armenia’s ambassador to the UN.

On April 13, Armenia’s opposition called for widespread protests in that South Caucasus republic. MP Nikol Pashinyan headed the rallies protesting against the election of former President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister. On April 23, in the wake of protests Sargsyan tendered his resignation. On May 8, the parliament elected Pashinyan as a new prime minister by 59 votes to 42. After his win, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia said it was joining the opposition and giving up any posts in the new cabinet.

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