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  • by Arthur Yernjakyan

  • Friday, April 4, 13:39

Armenian Prime Minsiter Tigran Sargsyan has stepped down, which inspires with hopes for improvement of the economic situation in the country, Gagik Makaryan, Head of the Republican Union of Employers, told ArmInfo. 

"We just gain from his resignation. Many at the Republican Party of Armenia were against Tigran Sargsyan's appointment as prime minister from the very beginning.

We need a prime ministry able to consolidate all the forces and ideas. The new prime minister must be sound of the real sector of economy, not just be a banking specialist or virtual manager like Sargsyan," Makaryan said. According to him, all the reforms had been protracted and the situation in economy did not improve under Sargsyan. "All the problems, including corruption, poverty, still remain acute in the country," he said. Makaryan thinks many problems have already accumulated since the beginning of the year and the budget for 2014 could be a failure, though there is time to correct everything.

According to Makaryan, the domestic policy is not stable either. The Government's course was instable, as it sharply changed its path from the EU to the Customs Union.  

"The prime minister's resignations inspires with hopes for more clear relations with the EU. As for accession to the CU, it should be postponed till autumn," Makaryan said.

He thinks almost the entire Cabinet worked inefficiently and must be replaced at least by 50%.

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