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YEREVAN, June 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Armenia’s former Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisyan on Thursday was appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the United States, the Armenian president’s press service said.Tigran Sarkisyan was born to a family of journalists in Kirovakan (now Vanadzor), the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, on January 29, 1960. He graduated with honors from the Leningrad Financial and Economic Institute named after N.A. Voznesensky with a degree in economics. Sarkisyan received a postgraduate degree in his alma mater in 1987. He is candidate of economic sciences.
In May 1990, Sarkisyan was elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet of Armenia and chair of the Standing Commission of the Armenian Supreme Soviet for financial, credit and budget issues in August 1990.
In 1995-1998, Sarkisyan headed the Association of Armenian Banks and simultaneously the public Scientific Research Institute for Public Reforms in a Transitional Period.
From March 1998 to April 2008, Sarkisyan headed the Central Bank of Armenia. In 2005-2007, he was simultaneously the head of the Inter-State Bank council.
Sarkisyan was Armenia’s prime minister from April 2008 to April 2014. He is a council member of the ruling Republic Party of Armenia.