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The Republican Party of Armenia has finally chosen the candidates for the positions of the parliament speaker and vice speaker. Thus, ex-speaker Hovik Abrahamyan will be back to his position, while Samvel Nikoyan, who has been lately declaring that he will not leave the parliament, will be appointed to the position of the vice speaker.
Referring to sources in the Republican Party, Haykakan Zhamanak Daily writes that Nikoyan will be appointed vice speaker as counterbalance to Abrahamyan, since their relations are rather tense. Therefore, as Republicans say, Abrahamyan tried his best promote Galust Sahakyan to the post of the vice-speaker. However, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan has insisted on Nikoyan's candidature. Vice Speaker Eduard Sharmazanov will be appointed Secretary of the RPA faction in the parliament.
In the meanwhile, Hraparak newspaper writes that Tigran Sargsyan will soon yield his position to ex-head of the Presidential Administration, the brother of Tashir Group's president Karen Karapetyan. It is not clear so far whether Karapetyan will be appointed prime minister now or after the presidential election of 2013. The paper writes that Karapetyan is the most suitable candidate for the position of the prime minister for both RPA and Prosperous Armenia Party.