By Ruzanna Khachatrian
President Robert Kocharian was set to approve a major reshuffle in Armenia’s government on Wednesday after weeks of media speculation. The move, agreed with Prime Minister Andranik Markarian, could affect several government ministries, informed sources told RFE/RL.
Markarian visited the head of state late in the afternoon to discuss the matter.
Minister for State Revenues Andranik Manukian was likely to be relieved of his duties and appointed as head of the presidential oversight service, the sources said. Manukian’s agency will likely be split into two separate agencies in charge of collecting taxes and customs duties. It is expected that one of them will be headed by Armen Avetisian, a senior official from the ministry of national security.
Replacements were also expected in the ministries of environment, education and agriculture. According to some press reports, Markarian and his Republican Party (HHK) are seeking to broaden their shaky support base in the parliament by giving more ministerial posts to other parties.