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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Armenian Premier

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan on Thursday named the leader of Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Robert Kocharyan, as Armenia's new prime minister.

Ter-Petrosyan's decree gave no explanation for the step. It is likely to infuriate Azerbaijan, which is seeking to recover Karabakh, an Armenian-populated region which effectively broke away in late 1980s, sparking years of bitter conflict.

No early reaction from Azerbajian was available.