Armenian President dissolves government

The Armenian President has now 10 days to name the new prime minister and endorse other new ministers.

Last Updated: Jun 01, 2012, 00:57 AM IST

Moscow: Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan Thursday signed a decree to dissolve government following the election of a new parliament. The dissolution followed the first session of the newly-elected parliament earlier in the day, Armenian media reported.

The proposal for the cabinet`s resignation was submitted to the president by Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisyan in line with the country`s Constitution which stipulates formation of a new government after parliamentary elections.
Eight parties and one party alliance ran in Armenia`s May 6 parliamentary elections, with the Republican Party of Armenia eventually winning by gaining 44.05 percent of the vote. It won majority of the seats in the country`s 131-seat parliament.

The Armenian president has now 10 days to name the new prime minister and endorse other new ministers. The current cabinet will continue in a caretaker role until then.

Opposition leaders had contested the results of the May 6 elections and submitted a motion with the Supreme Court of Armenia, but the court rejected it Thursday ruling that the results were fair.

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