During the regular cabinet meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed orders to relieve deputy ministers from their positions as the process of forming a government under a new structure, approved recently by the National Assembly, moves forward.
Pashinyan dismissed Deputy Ministers of Education and Science Grisha Tamrazyan and Arevik Anapiosyan, Deputy Ministers of Agriculture Garnik Petrosyan, Artak Kamalyan and Tigran Gabrielyan, Deputy Ministers of Diaspora Davit Sargsyan and Babken DerGrigorian, First Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Gabriel Ghazaryan, Deputy Ministers of Sport and Youth Affairs Kristine Asatryan, Sargis Avagyan and Gevorg Loretsyan, Deputy Ministers of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Hakob Vardanyan and Vardan Gevorgyan, Deputy Ministers of Culture Tigran Galstyan and Nazeni Gharibyan have been relieved from their posts.
The prime minister’s office indicated that a new government will be announced in coming days.
“This is our last session under the 17-ministry structure. I would like to thank all our colleagues for the work during this period. I wish those who will continue their work the best of luck, and I would like to thank those who will not continue working,” Pashinyan said during Thursday’s cabinet meeting.
The new government will be made up of 12 ministries. It is envisioned that the tasks of the ministries that were abolished from the new structure will be distributed among the remaining, reconfigured, government structured/
“I am convinced that we will have positive results and the quality of the government’s work will grow,” said Pashinyan who emphasized that the decision to minimize ministries would make the government more efficient.