First day at work for the newly appointed PM Tigran Sargsyan was marked by speculations from various political forces, as to how suitable this new appointment is – considering the complicated situation in the country.
PM Tigran Sargsyan is not a member of any party at the moment, although he came into politics on a Pan-Armenian Movement (HHSh) ticket, and then was a member of National Democratic Party (AZHK).
Heritage’s Stepan Safaryan remarked today, that Prime Minister might lack the power, needed to effectively carry out his duties, while various members of the 4 sided ruling coalition parties said, that T. Sargsyan’s political neutrality might be what is needed at this point, to bridge the gap between the authorities and the opposition.
It should not be forgotten, however, that the new Prime Minister is also widely considered as ex-President Kocharyan’s man and this appointment is seen as a way for Kocharyan to retain his influence over the political scene in the country – hence it remains to be seen, just how weak or strong Tigran Sargsyan is, especially as he might try to build a power platform leaning on the large number of Kocharyan’s supporters and affiliates at all levels of government and the political spectrum, including at least two ruling political parties: the ARF and Prosperous Armenia, the State Security Service, etc.
At any rate, the new PM hasn’t had time to do anything yet – so its quite early to judge what he will or will not do. Asked by a Radio Liberty correspondent at the Banking Fair that took place at Armenian Marriott hotel yesterday, of what his plans are, and will he be the ‘strict’ manager, as he was at the Central Bank, on this new post, Tigran Sargsyan only remarked, that he plans to clearly define the responsibilities and scope of work for all ministers and strictly demand, that all the indicators are met. This is already an encouraging plan – combined with the obligations Armenia has assumed under the Millenium Challanges indicators and European Neighborhood Action plan, a technocratic non-political Prime-Minister, who has a good record of working effectively with international agencies, and who gauges the work of ministries with highly specific requirements for tasks to be done, might be exactly what we need to finally establish an efficient and technocratic government structure.