Armenian President replaces ministers of three departments

Armenian leader made personnel changes in three ministries of the country. The relevant decrees are posted on the website President of Armenia Friday, 20 November.

Minister of Defense Sargsyan appointed Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan.

“To appoint Vagharshak Harutyunyan as the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia,” the decree says.

By another decree from the post of head of the defense department, the President freed David Tonoyan. On the eve of the media reported about his resignation.

Harutyunyan already headed the Armenian Defense Ministry in 1999-2000.

By another decree, the President appointed Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Armenia Andranik Piloyan. His predecessor Felix Tsolyakyan was fired In the same day.

With another decree, the Armenian leader removed from office Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Zaruhi Botoyan and appointed in his place by Mesrop Arakelyan.

Earlier, on November 18, Sargsyan appointed Aru Ayvazyan as the head of the Armenian Foreign Ministry. On November 16, the former head of this department, Zohrab Mnatsakyan, submitted a letter of resignation. The President dismissed him from his post.

On November 17, Prime Minister signed a decree dismissing the country’s Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharyan.

The opposition accused Pashinyan of surrender and betrayal of the people after the signing of an agreement to end hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. The document, in particular, provides for the introduction of Russian peacekeepers into the region, the exchange of prisoners between the parties to the conflict, the transfer of a number of regions of the region by Armenia to Azerbaijan and the return of refugees to the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

After that, Varag Siseryan, chief of staff of Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Tigran Avinyan, decided to resign and end his membership in the Civil Contract party, which is headed by Pashinyan.

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