By Ruzanna Stepanian
Armenia’s wealthy businessman Gagik Tsarukian will head his Prosperous Armenia party’s (BHK) 19-member parliamentary faction, the party’s spokesman Baghdasar Mherian officially confirmed to RFE/RL on Monday.
Aram Safarian is likely to become the secretary of the faction to be set up by the pro-presidential party that a came a distant second in the May 12 parliamentary elections with less than 15 percent of the vote, yielding more than twice as much to Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) that won an outright majority in the new legislature.
According to the information reported by the BHK spokesperson, some of the candidates that occupied high spots on the party’s slate rejected parliamentary mandates. Among them are Yerevan State Arts Academy Rector Aram Isabekian, director general of the Erebuni and Nairi medical centers Harutiun Kushkian, Dean of the Yerevan State University’s Department of Philology Artsrun Avakian, and some others.
Mherian declined to share any information on the ongoing talks over the new government, in which the BHK is expected to be represented by several members.
“We are not authorized to speak about it as long as the negotiations are still in progress,” he said.