Former Prime Minister Armen Sarkissian, who is tipped to become Armenia’s next president, has dismissed suggestions that he would play a largely ceremonial role as head of state because of the country’s impending transformation into a parliamentary republic.
Amid continuing criticism from environmentalists, a leading Armenian mining company has suspended production operations at a massive copper deposit in the country’s northern Lori province, citing the need to repair its waste disposal facilities.
A senior representative of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) expressed confidence on Tuesday that Armen Sarkissian, a former Armenian prime minister currently serving as ambassador to Britain, will agree to become the country’s next president.
The outgoing President Serzh Sarkisian’s preferred successor met lawmakers representing the ruling Republican Party (HHK) on Monday at the start of political consultations which he has said will help him decide whether to become Armenia’s next president.
Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian confirmed on Monday that the Armenian parliament will likely ratify by the end of March an extensive agreement on deepening Armenia’s political and economic ties with the European Union.