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)
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"