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New Armenian prime minister to be named April 14

April 10, 2014, 22:16 UTC+3 YEREVAN
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YEREVAN, April 10, /ITAR-TASS/. A new prime minister of Armenia will be named on April 14, the ruling Republican Party’s spokesperson and parliament deputy speaker Eduard Sharmazanov said on Thursday, April 10.

Until then Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will continue consultations with parliamentary parties on the candidates for the premiership.

Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan resigned on April 3. The resignation was announced at a meeting of the ruling Republican Party leaders’ meeting in Yerevan.

He tendered resignation to President Serzh Sargsyan a month earlier but it was put away pending Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia and the Republican Party’s economic forum on this topic.

In his letter of resignation, Sargsyan wrote that “the decision is timely and well considered”.

“This is a balanced decision that was not made on the spur of the moment,” Sharmazanov said.

He said no candidates for premiership or the composition of a new government had been discussed at the party meeting.

On April 2, the Constitutional Court ruled that some of the provisions in the government-initiated pension reform plan were running counter to the Constitution. The judgment allowed some politicians to say that Sargsyan’s resignation was inevitable.

The president has not accepted the resignation yet. Once the prime minister resigns, his whole government steps down with him. Under the Constitution, a new prime minister has to be appointed within ten days after the government’s resignation. A new government has to be appointed within 20 days after the appointment of the prime minister.

Sargsyan was reappointed as prime minister in May 2013.

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