Country Report Armenia November 1998 Main report

Political structure.

Official name: Republic of Armenia

Form of state: The Republic of Armenia was independent between 1918 and 1921 and was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1921. After a referendum on September 21st 1991 Armenia became independent. A new constitution was adopted in July 1995

National legislature: National Assembly, with 190 seats, 150 elected from single-member districts and 40 by party list

National elections: July 1995 (legislative) and March 1998 (presidential); next elections due by July 1999 (legislative) and March 2003 (presidential)

Head of state: President, Robert Kocharian, directly elected in March 1998

National government: The president appoints the prime minister, who appoints the members of government

Main political parties: Yerkrapah; Armenian Pan-National Movement (APNM); National Democratic Union (AJM); Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, also known as Dashnaksutiun); Shamiram (women's party); Hairenik (Homeland); Self-Determination Union; Communist Party of Armenia; Liberal Democratic Party; Christian Democratic Union of Armenia; Social Democratic Party (Hnchak); National Party of Armenia; Law Governed Party of Armenia; Justice and Unity is a parliamentary faction

Council of Ministers Prime minister Armen Darbinian Key ministers Agriculture Vladimir Movsisian Construction Felix Pirumian Defence Vazgen Sarkisian Education & science Levon Mkrtchian Energy & fuel Gagik Martirosian Finance & the economy Edvard Sandoyan Foreign affairs Vartan Oskanian Health Gagik Stamboltsian Industry & trade Garnik Nanagulian Interior & national security Serj Sarkisian Justice David Harutiunian Privatisation Pavel Kaltakhchian Social security Gagik Yeghanian Central Bank chairman Tigran Sarkisian

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