Armen Sargsyan will be nominated as the new President of Armenia when the term of the incumbent, Serzh Sargsyan, ends in April. The change will also co-incide with the coming into force of constitutional changes that will transfer most executive powers from the President to the Parliament and the Prime Minister.
Armen Sargsyan is currently the Armenian Ambassador in London and served for a short time as prime Minister of Armenia in the 1990s.
Armenian media on Friday morning (19 January) reported that President Serzh Sargsyan met with Armen Sargsyan (no relation) in Yerevan and offered to propose him for the post on behalf of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia. President Serzh Sargsyan is also the leader o the RPA, a position he is expected to keep after he leaves office. What is not yet clear is if Serzh Sargsyan will seek some other office of state - such as Prime Minister or Chairman of Parliament. In whichever capacity he is expected to continue wielding influence on the Armenian political scene, at least for some time to come.
photo: President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia with Armen Sargsyan on 19 January 2018. (picture courtesy of the press service of the president of Armenia)
Zohrab Mnatsakanyan told Armenian MPs discussions on the Nagorno Karabakh conflict will continue in June in the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group process.
On Tuesday, Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson Tigran Balayan told the Armenian media that the Azerbaijani side was carrying out engineering works at the Nakhchivan sector of the border, and that this "poses a danger to Armenian military positions".