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Personnel Reshuffle In Armenia: Almost Nothing Will Change

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  • Personnel Reshuffle In Armenia: Almost Nothing Will Change


    Wednesday, March 20, 09:40

    The ruling circles of Armenia are currently discussing the forthcoming
    personnel reshuffle expected right after the April 9 swear-in ceremony
    of Serzh Sargsyan.

    ArmInfo's sources close to the authorities say that one should expect
    no special personnel reshuffle. Rotation of 4 or 5 ministers may
    occur. But in general, the key members of the executive power headed
    by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan will retain their portfolios.

    According to the sources, despite certain political circles' discontent
    with Tigran Sargsyan's activity, his long stay at the premier's post
    is mostly due to the impact of Europe, which considers him to be
    "committed to the key values and principles" and promoter of European
    interests in Armenia.

    As a measure of pressure on the republic, the EU has chosen the method
    of harsh statements concerning the impossibility of simultaneous
    Armenia's Association membership in EU and the country's membership in
    the Customs and Eurasian Unions. It is in this light that one should
    also consider the stay of Armen Gevorgyan in the Vice Premier's post.

    Europe also considers him to be its representative in the Armenian
    Government. Moreover, the same sources say that it is Armen Gevorgyan
    who will hold the talks on approval of the next European grant or loan.

    Following the logic, if Tigran Sargsyan remains a premier, Economy
    Minister Tigran Davtyan and Finance Minister Vache Gabrielyan,
    as well as Chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia Artur Javadyan
    will retain their portfolios. Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan will
    not lose his portfolio either. Head of the State Revenue Committee,
    oligarch Gagik Khachatryan is most likely to lose his position.

    There is no information yet about the ministers of force structures,
    but the power circles do not rule out possible rotation. The issue
    of the foreign minister's position is not being discussed either.

    Personnel reshuffle will occur in the President's Administration
    either. In particular, Spokesperson of Armenian President Armen
    Arzumanyan will apparently lose his post and become the head of one
    of the pseudo-opposition TV channels. Artak Alexanyan, Head of the
    ArmNews TV channel, and Gevorg Altunyan, Head of the information and
    analytical programs of the Public TV and Radio Company, are considered
    as possible nominees for the post of the President's Spokesperson.

    From: Baghdasarian