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YEREVAN, April 13, 16:43 /ITAR-TASS/. Armenia's Republican Party held an ad-hoc meeting of executive committee and council where it approved Speaker Ovik Abramyan, 56, as a new prime minister, Armenia's Vice-speaker Eduard Sharmazanov, the party's press secretary, said on Sunday.
The prime minister's position has been vacant since April 3 when Tigran Sargsyan stepped down after being in power since April 9, 2008. In accordance with the Armenian legislation, the prime minister's resignation automatically means resignation of the government. President Serzh Sargsyan accepted resignation on the same day giving instructions to the cabinet members to exercise their functions till the formation of a new government.