Serzh Sartgsyan has received congratulations from his Russian counterpart on being appointed the prime minister of Armenia.
In his official address, Dmitry Medvedev appreciated particularly the former president’s personal contribution to the development of the Armenian-Russian partnership and alliance, expressing hope the bilateral relations will see a further progress during current tenure, reports the news agency TASS.
“I am confident that in your new position [as Prime Minister], you will keep the bilateral cooperation, joint long-ranging prospects and initiatives, and the deepening of partnership within the Eurasian Economic Union under spotlight,” reads the Russian official’s message.
Medvedev also stated that such a policy – pursued over the 10 years of Sargsyan’s presidency – “is in the two countries’ mutual interests”.
Sargsyan, who completed his second term of presidency earlier this month, received the parliamentary majority’s support at Tuesday’s special session to become the first prime minister of the parliamentary republic.
The constitutional transition from the semi-presidential to the parliamentary model, gives sweeping powers to the prime minister of Armenia, essentially restricting the president’s authority.