April 16
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YEREVAN. – Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) Chairman Gagik Tsarukyan will not go to the National Assembly (NA) as long as Tigran Sargsyan is Premier, Zhamanaki Mitk weekly writes.    

“They say the PM behaved very pompously during the meeting with him [Tsarukyan] around reaching an agreement on the Government’s program, and this offended Gagik Tsarukyan.   

And they say the real reason is Tsarukyan’s coercion to appoint PAP-member, factually non-party affiliate Hrachya Rostomyan as Sport and Youth Affairs Minister. And this became the reason that Tigran Sargsyan wing [ruling Republican Party] RPA-member, ex-NA Speaker Samvel Nikoyan remained simply a rank-and-file MP. 

Otherwise, RPA’s then-MP [former capital city Yerevan Mayor] Gagik Beglaryan was to become the Sport and Youth Affairs [Minister] and Samvel Nikoyan [was to be appointed] Transport and Communication Minister,” Zhamanaki Mitk writes.

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