YEREVAN (Combined Sources)-Armenia’s new Prime Minister, Tigran Sargisyan, told reporters Friday that there will be an unprecedented level of transparency into the activities of the new government as it seeks to implement President Serzh Sarkisian’s platform.
The newly appointed prime minister told reporters that he will be very demanding of his government. He explained that the responsibilities of each minister will be specified and each minister must be able to report on the results of their progress. If results are not achieved, a public assessment of the Ministers’ activities will be provided.
Armenia’s newly formed political coalition, however, still appears to be in talks over the distribution of portfolios in the emerging Cabinet, with its newly appointed head promising the negotiations would be completed by the end of the week.
Sargsyan refused to elaborate on the negotiations in process to avoid hindering the discussions.
"I think you should give me an opportunity… Don’t ask for answers to all questions now. It’s only two days since I took the prime minister’s job," he said.
Armenia’s future is clearly spelled out in the president’s election program and in the government’s plan of actions, which has now been approved by parliament, Sargisyan said during the press conference.
He said his government will be working to materialize Sarkisian’s ‘ambitious’ programs. The programs, he said, received the people’s approval during the election campaign and we shall fulfill this program."
"I think that Serzh Sarkisian gave an exhaustive answer to all questions in his inauguration speech [Wednesday] and I fully agree with the evaluations of the republic’s president," the new Armenian Premier said. "I think the path that he has embarked on is the only way that will provide an opportunity to ensure an atmosphere of solidarity in our country."
The former head of Armenia’s Central Bank, Sargisyan, agreed that his new job implied a serious political component. But said that he would not join a political party as he is seeking to build the political consensus needed to implement economic reforms.