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Gorik Hakopian, the former Deputy Director of Armenia's National Security Service, has been appointed by President Kocharian as the new chief of Armenia's National Security Service.

Gorik Hakopian, 58, who took one of the most powerful government positions in Armenia, was born in Gyumri. He has graduated from the Higher Courses of Soviet KGB.

"Hakopian worked in the security system from 1970", says the statement by Kocharian's office. "Since December, 2002 Hakopian worked as Deputy Director of National Security Service".

Local observers believe that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) was asking the president to sack the former head of the Armenia's Security Service Karlos Petrosian.

Dashnaktsutyun leaders insisted that some unspecified "high-ranking officials in the president's entourage" are to blamed for the slow pace of Armenia's progress in social and economic spheres.


Leonid Zilfugarian
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