YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–The vacant post of the governor of Armenia’s southern Armavir province was filled on Thursday with the appointment of a person seen as an ally of powerful Defense Minister Vazgen Sarkisian. Albert Heroyan–the outgoing director of the Yerevan Brandy Factory–was appointed Armavir governor at a session of the Armenian government.
The post had been vacant since last spring–shortly after Robert Kocharian assumed presidential duties.
A new director was appointed to the Yerevan Brandy Factory following last week’s sale of the factory to France’s Pernod Ricard company–Azg Daily Newspaper reported.
It was reported that following the official signing of the deal–the French side asked the factory’s former director Albert Heroyan to resign. The Yerevan Brandy Factory will now be managed by a Mr. Roucot.
Heroyan–upset with his sudden resignation–presented a complaint to the Armenian government.
He claimed that the French side assured him that he would continue in office and be a member of the shareholders council.
Referring to "certain sources" Azg said that Geroyan was promised some other post–likely to be governor of a region–as compensation.