By Emil Danielyan
Citing renewed cardiac problems, Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Markarian left for Paris on Monday to undergo a medical check-up at one of the local clinics.
The government’s press office said Markarian departed after “certain heart concerns in the post-operational period which required additional examination.” It gave no details.
Markarian underwent a heart surgery in Yerevan two years ago and has appeared to be in good health ever since. Government officials downplayed the seriousness of his heart problems. One senior official said the 50-year-old premier is suffering a high blood pressure lately but is unlikely to be operated on in France.
David Zadoyan, minister for industrial infrastructures, will perform prime minister’s duties in Markarian’s absence.