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Hovik Abrahamyan

Hovik Abrahamyan
Prime Minister of Armenia
Assumed office
13 April 2014
President Serzh Sargsyan
Preceded by Tigran Sargsyan
Speaker of the National Assembly
In office
31 May 2012 – 13 April 2014
Preceded by Samvel Nikoyan
Succeeded by Galust Sahakyan
In office
28 September 2008 – 21 November 2011
Preceded by Hrayr Karapetyan (Acting)
Succeeded by Samvel Nikoyan
Personal details
Born (1958-01-24) 24 January 1958
Mkhchyan, Soviet Union
(now Armenia)
Political party Republican Party
Alma mater Yerevan Institute of National Economy

Hovik Argami Abrahamyan (Armenian: Հովիկ Արգամի Աբրահամյան, born 24 January 1958) is an Armenian politician. A member of the ruling Republican Party, he is the current Prime Minister of Armenia, appointed on 13 April 2014.[1] Previously he was the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia.

Early life

Abrahamyan, born in Mkhchyan village in Armenia's Ararat Province, began his professional career in 1990 as the department head of the Burastan Brandy Factory and later as the president of Artashat wine-brandy factory. In 1995 he became a member of the Armenian parliament. He became Mayor of Artashat in 1996, and the governor of Ararat Province in 1998.[2]

Political career

Under President [4]

Prime Minister

He was appointed as Prime Minister in April 2014 following the resignation of Tigran Sargsyan for officially unknown reasons (though the controversial pension reform law caused widespread criticism). Abrahamyan was nominated for the role of prime minister by President Serzh Sargsyan calling him a "very effective new prime minister."[5] He was congratulated by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.[6]

Public image

In various cables sent in 2008, Joseph Pennington, Deputy Chief of Mission at the [4]

Also in 2008, US Ambassador to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch described Abrahamian as a politician who uses his political power to promote his business interests.[9] He has also been reported as owning more than two dozen companies, including three sand mines on the Araks river; 1,500 hectares of grape fields in Artashat; more than 10 gas stations outside Yerevan; one third of "Ararat Cement"; casinos; petrol stations; and a $7 million summer home in the Crimea.[10] He opposed his predecessor's asset declaration draft law that would have required Armenian politicians and senior public officials to declare their business holdings and business interests.[11]

Abrahamyan's son, Argam, is married to a daughter of Gagik Tsarukyan, oligarch and Prosperous Armenia party leader.

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08YEREVAN672_a.html
  4. ^ a b https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09YEREVAN885_a.html
  5. ^ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/13/us-armenia-politics-idUSBREA3C0MG20140413
  6. ^ http://en.itar-tass.com/world/728518
  7. ^ https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08YEREVAN99_a.html
  8. ^ https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/08YEREVAN356_a.html
  9. ^ Parliament Prez and MP Get Lucrative Mining License http://hetq.am/eng/news/960//
  10. ^ http://armenianow.com/news/politics/53591/hovik_abrahamyan_prime_minister_armenia_serzh_sargsyan_wikileaks
  11. ^ https://www.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09YEREVAN885_a.html "I don't accept such things," he proclaimed.

External links

  • Prime Minister's biography page on website of Government of Armenia
Political offices
Preceded by
Tigran Sargsyan
Prime Minister of Armenia
2014–present
Incumbent
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