Noyan Tapan
Se p 29, 2008

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 29, NOYAN TAPAN. Hovik Abrahamian, a member of
the RPA Executive Body and Board, was elected RA National Assembly
Speaker by secret ballot on September 29.

According to Samvel Nikoyan, the Chairman of the NA Ad Hoc Calculation
Commission, the Secretary of the RPA faction, 115 out of 131 NA
deputies took part in the voting. 110 deputies voted for H. Abrahamian,
5 deputies voted for Larisa Alaverdian, a non-partisan member of the
Zharangutiun (Heritage) faction.

H. Abrahamian was born on January 24, 1958 in the town of Mkhchian,
Ararat region. He graduated from Yerevan Institute of People's
Economy. In 1995-1999 he was a NA deputy, in 1995-1996 the Chairman of
Executive Committee of Artashat Town Council, in 1996-1998 Artashat
Mayor, in 1998-2000 Ararat Regional Governor. He was RA Minister of
Territorial Administration from 2000 to 2008 April 21, in 2007-2008 he
was also Vice-Prime Minister. H. Abrahamian was Head of RA President's
Administration from April 21, 2008 to September 5, 2008. He has been
awarded a number of medals and commemorative medals. He is married
and has three children.