Armenian PM to retain post in new government

2013-04-19 11:37:55 GMT2013-04-19 19:37:55(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YEREVAN, Armenia, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan will continue to lead the new government as proposed by President Serzh Sargsyan, a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party said late Thursday.

Eduard Sharmazanov said President Sargsyan also proposed that current Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan retain their posts.

Official appointments of new cabinet members have yet to come as Armenian law requires the president to consult with parliamentary factions before making any appointments.

Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and his cabinet of ministers resigned on April 9, the day of the presidential inauguration, as required by the country's constitution.

The president had asked the government to continue to act in their relevant positions until a new government is formed.

Tigran Sargsyan was appointed prime minister of Armenia on April 9, 2008, the day of Serzh Sargsyan's first inauguration.

Tigran Sargsyan is Armenia's 12th prime minister since gaining independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991.

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