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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Armenia Gets Premier

YEREVAN, Armenia -- New Armenian President Robert Kocharyan on Friday signed an order appointing former Finance and Economy Minister Armen Darbinyan as his prime minister, the presidential press service said.

Darbinyan, 33, is known as a staunch supporter of continuing radical economic reforms and speeding up privatization in the strategic Caucasus country.

Darbinyan led the Finance and Economy Ministry since May 1997, and his appointment was widely expected.