5 Apr 2018 19:15

Armenian parliament to elect PM on April 17 - Justice Ministry

YEREVAN. April 5 (Interfax) - The election of the Armenian premier will be held in the country's parliaments on April 17, Armenian justice minister David Harutunian said.

"The government will resign on April 9, after the new Armenian president assumes office. The election of a new prime minister will take place on April 17," Harutunian told reporters on Thursday.

After that, the premier will have five days to present to the president candidates for the positions of his/her deputies and ministers in the new government, Harutunian said.

"Then the government must be formed by two-thirds within 15 days. Then the Armenian government will be deemed in place," Harutunian said.

Under the new Constitution adopted on December 6, 2015, Armenia will finalize its transition to a parliamentary form of government in 2018. The transition will be deemed completed on the day of the new president's inauguration.

Former Ambassador to the United Kingdom Armen Sarkissian was earlier elected the new Armenian president.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia will nominate a candidate for the country's prime minister. It is expected to nominate incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan, the party's leader.