By Ruzanna Khachatrian
Zaven Gevorgian, Armenia’s agriculture minister relieved of his duties Thursday, hinted strongly on Friday he will get another top post in the government from President Robert Kocharian.
Gevorgian, who has extensive business interests in Russia, said he “slightly regrets” his dismissal but is not upset by it after his successor, David Zadoyan, was formally presented to the ministry staff by Prime Minister Andranik Markarian.
“I do have a business in Russia but I handed it over to my relatives,” he told reporters. “I’m going to stay here and work for our state. The president will decide where and in what capacity.”
Officials in Kocharian’s administration declined to comment on Gevorgian’s political future. They have not given any reasons for the minister’s replacement.
Zadoyan, a veteran politician who has held several ministerial posts for the last nine years, attributed the widely expected move to the government’s “new objectives” but did not elaborate.
Zadoyan is a senior member of Markarian’s Republican Party (HHK).