Armenia appoints Kerobyan new economy minister in government reshuffle

Armenian businessman Vahan Kerobyan was appointed economy minister on Thursday in a government reshuffle prompted by street protests over a ceasefire deal that ended the heaviest fighting in decades in Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. Kerobyan will replace Tigran Khachatryan who resigned this week as Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was in process of changing around 80% of his cabinet.

Armenia’s government came under pressure from protesters demanding Pashinyan to quit over the Russia-brokered deal that envisaged handing over swathes of territory previously controlled by ethnic Armenians to Azerbaijan. Pashinyan has rejected calls to resign and last week presented a six-month action plan designed to ensure Armenia’s stability.

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