After the Snap Elections

 

Ararat Mirzoyan elected speaker of Armenian parliament
/Jan 14/Xinhua, China/

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YEREVAN, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) — Ararat Mirzoyan, the sole candidate from the ruling My Step Alliance, was elected speaker of the Armenian parliament on Monday.

Mirzoyan received 131 of the 132 votes during the first session of the parliament, with one ballot invalid, according to the parliament, also known as the National Assembly.

Mirzoyan has served as first deputy prime minister of the country since May 2018.

Earlier on Monday, acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was appointed as Armenian prime minister by President Armen Sarkissian after the ruling My Step Alliance nominated him as the candidate. Pashinyan must form a government within 15 days following the appointment.
 

Pashinyan reappointed Armenian premier
/Jan 14/Anadolu Agency, Turkey/By Ali Cura/

After election win, Pashinyan said: We are ready to establish direct relationships with Turkey without any preconditionsFeatures

ArchiveYEREVAN – Nikol Pashinyan, who has suggested a new era in ties with neighboring Turkey, was reappointed Armenia’s premier on Monday.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian signed a decree reappointing Pashinyan, 43, the presidential office said in a statement.

The My Step Alliance — led by Pashinyan’s Civil Contract Party — won 70.4 percent of the votes in snap parliamentary elections held in December.

Pashinyan first became prime minister last May before becoming acting premier in October ahead of the snap elections.

“I have already said many times that we are ready to establish direct relationships with Turkey without any preconditions. And we hope Turkey is ready to do the same,” Pashinyan told reporters after his December election victory.
 

Pashinyan reappointed Armenian premier
/Jan 14/Arminfo/Naira Badalian/

On January 14, Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan dismissed a number of officials.  Thus, according to the official website of the government, Aren  Mkrtchyan, Arpine Davoyan, Artak Manukyan, Nikolai Baghdasaryan and  Varazdat Karapetyan were dismissed from the position of adviser to  the head of government. Sargis Khandanyan was dismissed from the post  of deputy chief of staff of the head of government.

Armen Pambukhchyan was relieved of the post of First Deputy Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies of Armenia, Hakob Simidian from the position of Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Development, Ruben Rubinyan – Deputy Foreign Minister, and Hovhannes Hovhannisyan – Deputy Minister of Education and Science.

Hripsime Grigoryan has been relieved of the post of Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments, Arman Boshyan – Head of the Social Security Service of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.

Tigran Ulikhanyan and Hayk Sargsyan were dismissed from the post of deputy head of the State Control Service. Aram Khachatryan was relieved of his post as deputy governor of Lori region, and Sofia Hovsepyan – deputy governor of Shirak region. The above-

entioned persons were elected as lawmakers of the legislative body following the results of the early parliamentary elections in Armenia on December 9.  At the same time, to recall, the Government submits a petition for its resignation to the President of the Republic on the day of the first session of the newly elected National Assembly, in case of expressing no confidence in the Government, disapproving the Government’s program, filing a resignation from the Prime Minister or opening the vacancy of the Prime Minister. Government members continue to perform their duties until the formation of a new Government.

The government is formed within fifteen days after the appointment of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister, within five days after his appointment, proposes to the President of the Republic candidatures of vice-premiers and ministers. The President of the Republic, with three days, either appoints deputy prime ministers and ministers, or appeals to the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court considers the appeal and adopts a ruling within five days. If the President of the Republic does not fulfill the requirements established by this article within three days, then the relevant Deputy Prime Minister or Minister is considered to be appointed by law. Within twenty days after the formation of the Government, the Prime Minister submits the Government’s program to the National Assembly. The National Assembly approves the program of the Government within seven days by the majority of votes from the total number of MPs.


Armen Papikyan appointed head of Armenia’s mission to OSCE
/Jan 14/Aysor/

Armenia’s president Armen Sarkissian signed a decree appointing Armen Papikyan head of Armenian mission to OSCE and permanent representative in UN and other international organizations.


Նորընտիր Ազգային ժողովը մեկնարկում է իր աշխատանքները
/Jan 14/Verelq.am/

Այսօր` հունվարի 14-ին, կկայանա յոթերորդ գումարման Ազգային ժողովի առաջին նիստը:
Նստաշրջանի օրակարգում 7 հարց է ընդգրկված՝ Հաշվիչ հանձնախմբի ստեղծում, Ազգային ժողովի նախագահի ընտրություն, ԱԺ նախագահի երեք տեղակալների ընտրություններ, Մշտական հանձնաժողովների ստեղծում, Մշտական հանձնաժողովների նախագահների ընտրություններ։
Ազգային ժողովը կքննարկի նաև Կառավարության կառուցվածքի փոփոխության վերաբերյալ օրենքի նախագիծն ու Կառավարության ծրագրին հավանություն տալու հարցը։
Հիշեցնենք, նոր խորհրդարանը ձևավորվել է դեկտեմբերի 9-ին կայացած արտահերթ ընտրությունների արդյունքներով: Վեցերորդ գումարման Ազգային ժողովը 1.5 տարվա կյանք ունեցավ և ի տարբերություն նախորդի, որը 105 պատգամավոր ուներ, նոր խորհրդարանը 132 պատգամավոր ունի: Խմբակցությունները երեքն են` «Իմ քայլը», որն ունի 88 պատգամավոր, ԲՀԿ-ն, որն ունի 26 պատգամավոր և «Լուսավոր Հայաստան»` 18 պատգամավոր:
 

Պատգամավորները երդվեցին և ձևավորեցին ԱԺ հաշվիչ հանձնաժողովը
/Jan 14/Verelq.am/

Յոթերորդ գումարման Ազգային ժողովի պատգամավորներն այսօր երդվեցին: Նիստը նախագահող ամենատարեց պատգամավոր Կնյազ Հասանովը ընթերցեց երդման տեքստը և ներկայացրեց բոլոր պատգամավորներին անվանական:
Բացի այս, նորընտիր Ազգային Ժողովը հաստատեց հաշվիչ հանձնաժողովի կազմը: Այսպիսով, քաղաքական մեծամասնությունը` «Իմ քայլը» խմբակցությունը հանձնաժողովում կունենա 5, «Լուսավոր Հայաստան» և «Բարգավաճ Հայաստան» խմբակցությունները` մեկական անդամ: 
«Իմ քայլը» խմբակցությունից հանձնաժողովում են Վահագն Հովակիմյանը, Արփինե Դավոյանը, Սիսակ Գաբրիելյանը, Քրիստինե Պողոսյանը, Մարիա Կարապետյանը, «Լուսավոր Հայաստան» կուսակցությունից` Աննա Կոստանյանը, «Բարգավաճ Հայաստան» կուսակցությունից` Շաքե Իսայանը:


Armenian parliament to have 11 standing committe
/Jan 15/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The number of standing parliamentary committees in Armenia’s National Assembly will increase from nine to eleven, an MP from My Step faction Vladimir Vardanyan said on Tuesday.
He said one of the new committees will deal with the protection of human rights and public affairs, which in the previous parliament were handled by the committee on state and legal issues. The second committee will oversee Armenia’s integration issues, stemming from its membership in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).
He said also that candidates for the posts of the Prosecutor General, heads and members of the Central Election Commission are supposed to be nominated by the committee on state and legal issues, the candidate for the position of the ombudsman – by the committee on the protection of human rights and public affairs. Candidates for the positions of chairman and members of the Chamber of Auditors, the chairman and deputy chairman of Central Bank, as well as members of its Board – by the committee on financial and budget issues. 
The candidates for the National Television and Radio Commission will be nominated by the committee on education, science, culture, Diaspora, youth and sport affairs. Three of the standing committees are to be chaired by representatives of opposition parliamentary factions. 
In 2018, December 9 early elections Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s My Step bloc won a sweeping victory with 884,864 or 70.42% of votes, Prosperous Armenia scored 103,801 votes or 8.26% and Bright Armenia 80,047 votes or 6.37%. My Step will control 88 seats in the National Assembly, Prosperous Armenia will have 26 members and Bright Armenia 18.
 

Lena Nazaryan, Alen Simonyan and Vahe Enfiajyan elected Vice Speakers of Parliament (video)
/Jan 16/A1+/

The voting on electing Vice Speakers of Parliament has been completed.

Based on the results, Alen Simonyan and Lena Nazaryan from the ruling My Step faction have been elected Vice Speakers of Parliament.

124 MPs voted in favor of Lena Nazaryan’s candidacy, while three voted against.

109 MPs voted in favor of Alen Simonyan’s candidacy, with 20 against.

130 out of 132 MPs participated in the voting.

Vahe Enfiajyan from the opposition Prosperous Armenia party has been elected the 3rd Vice Speaker of Parliament.


David Ananyan: 128 employees of the Tax and Customs Committee lost their jobs – and this is only the beginning
/Jan 16/Arminfo/Naira Badalian/

As a result of structural changes, 128 tax inspectors of the State Revenue Committee (SRC) of Armenia were dismissed from work. “And this is only the beginning,” David Ananian, head of the SRC told a press conference in Yerevan on January 16, answering ArmInfo’s question. 

According to the Chairman of the Committee, back in October 2018, employees of 7 departments carrying out inspection actions, about 580 people, received notifications about a possible reduction due to structural reforms. 

As a result, as Ananyan explained, in essence, the inspection process was centralized, which led to staff optimization. According to him, a separate, collegial decision was taken regarding each employee. For more than two months, the professional competence of 580 SRC   employees was assessed. “As a result, 128 of them were dismissed, and, with regret, I note that the choice was made between a good and best employee.

 And one cannot say that they were all worth the reduction. But this is only the beginning,”- He said, stressing that this required structural optimization. The remaining about 450 employees were reassigned.  Over the next 2-3 months, these employees will be in the personnel reserve of the SRC and, as pointed out by David Ananyan, the agency may reconsider its decision regarding certain individuals. 


President Armen Sargsyan appointed Tigran Avinyan and Mger Grigoryan as Deputy Prime Ministers
/Jan 16/Arminfo/Ani Mshetsyan/

On January 16, Armenian President Armen Sargsyan appointed two deputy prime ministers by his order.

The press service of the President of Armenia reports. The message, in particular, states that, at the suggestion of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, President Sargsyan appointed Tigran Avinyan and Mger Grigoryan as Deputy Prime Ministers of Armenia.
 

Government mulls replacing Diaspora Ministry with High Commissioner’s Office or Committee
/Jan 16/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The functions of the Diaspora Ministry will be preserved and as a result of the ministry’s dissolution the Diaspora policy may be entrusted to a Diaspora Affairs Committee or a High Commissioner’s Office, ex-minister of Diaspora Mkhitar Hayrapetyan said in parliament today in response to a question from Edmon Marukyan, leader of the opposition Lusavor Hayastan party.

Marukyan told Hayrapetyan that the latter has always emphasized the significance of the Diaspora Ministry when he was minister, and now as a lawmaker he says that the ministry might get closed. “How should we give this message to the Diaspora not to harm the Armenia-Diaspora relations?” Marukyan said.

“We’ve been rather honest with our voters”, Hayrapetyan replied, adding that the optimization program and reduction of the number of ministries has been included in the campaigning message of My Step and has been voiced by PM Nikol Pashinyan.

“An individual institutional structure developing and implementing the policy with the Diaspora will exist,” he said. “Right now, we are discussing two models – a Diaspora Affairs Committee or a large office of a High Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs in the composition of the government, which will include the best staff of the ministry,” he said.

Hayrapetyan elaborated that in case of a committee, it will function under the foreign ministry.

“What matters is that we will ensure the legacy of the functions. The functions will continue being fulfilled, and there is no concern whether it will be done as an individual agency or an institutional body,” he said.
 

12 ministers appointed to serve in new Armenia Cabinet
/Jan 19/Vestnik Kavkaza/

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian signed decrees to appoint ministers in the new Cabinet based on the proposal of the PM, News.am reports.

The list of ministers is as follows:

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Erik Grigoryan, Minister of Nature Protection

Feliks Tsolakyan, Minister of Emergency Situations

Hakob Arshakyan, Minister of Transport, Communication and IT

Tigran Khachatryan, Minister of Economic Development and Investments

Atom Janjughazyan, Minister of Finance

Arsen Torosyan, Minister of Health

Artak Zeynalyan, Minister of Justice

Zaruhi Batoyan, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs

Davit Tonoyan, Minister of Defense

Suren Papikyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development

Arayik Harutyunyan, Minister of Education and Science

Earlier Nikol Pashinyan was appointed as Prime Minister, while Mher Grigoryan and Tigran Avinyan as Deputy PMs.


Voting on electing chairs of parliamentary standing committees begins
/Jan 18/ArmenPress.am/

YEREVAN – The closed voting on electing chairs of the parliamentary standing committees has kicked off, reports Armenpress.

The voting started at 11:30 and will end at 13:30.

There is a total of 11 standing committees: 8 will be chaired by the ruling My Step faction, 2 by Prosperous Armenia and 1 by Bright Armenia factions.

The candidates for the chairs of the standing committees are the followings:

My Step faction

Narek Zeynalyan – committee on healthcare and social affairs

Ruben Rubinyan – committee on foreign affairs

Mkhitar Hayrapetyan – committee on science, education, culture, Diaspora, youth and sport affairs

Arman Yeghoyan – committee on European integration affairs

Andranik Kocharyan – committee on defense and security affairs

Vladimir Vardanyan – committee on state-legal affairs

Varazdat Karapetyan – committee on territorial administration, local self-government, agriculture and nature protection affairs

Babken Tunyan – committee on economic affairs

Prosperous Armenia faction

Naira Zohrabyan – committee on human rights protection and public affairs

Mikayel Melkumyan – committee on regional and Eurasian integration affairs

Bright Armenia faction

Mane Tandilyan – committee on fiscal and budgetary affairs

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