Armenian PM Pashinian taps new heads of police, security to fight corruption

Armenian PM Pashinian taps new heads of police, security to fight corruption

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he has introduced the new Police Chief and National Security Service director to the staffs of the police headquarters and the NSS.

The President of Armenia Armen Sargsyan signed a decree appointing new heads of police and national security Service (NSS).

"I can state that David Tonoyan will be appointed defense minister".

At this moment Nikol Pashinyan is in the Government Seat, chairing his first Cabinet meeting after being elected Prime Minister.

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Yerevan's deputy police chief Valeri Osipyan, who took part in negotiations with the organizers of the recent street protests, was nominated to lead the country's police force.

Artur Vanetsyan, who is now head of the security services in the Armenian capital, was appointed to the national role.

Acting Finance Minister Vardan Aramyan resigned on Thursday, May 10 as newly-elected prime minister Nikol Pashinyan is expected to form a new government within several days.

59 MPs voted in favor, 42 voted against the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan. The initial catalyst for the demonstrations was former President Serzh Sargsyan's effort to hold onto power by assuming the premiership, having already revised the constitution to strengthen the prime minister's executive powers. Anadolu Agency cited Turkish Prime Minister as saying.

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