YEREVAN (A.W.)—Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan officially submitted his resignation at a government session on Sept. 8.
“The [Armenian] society and the government need to unite their efforts. We need a new beginning. That is why I have decided to resign and to give our President an opportunity to form a new government. We must think about everyone’s success and give a chance to a new government,” he said during his formal resignation speech.
Reports of Abrahamyan’s resignation began surfacing a day earlier on Sept. 7.
An economic slowdown this year and outbreaks of violence prompted Armenia’s President Serge Sarkisian to call for a “government of national accord” in August.
On Sept. 7, local media outlets also began reporting that Abrahamyan would be replaced by technocrat Karen Karapetyan. The 53-year-old Karapetyan is the former head of the national gas distributing company ArmRosGazprom and served as Yerevan’s mayor from Dec. 2010 to Nov. 2011.
Abrahamyan was appointed prime minister in 2014.