The Governor of Shirak region in the north of Armenia Artur Khachatryan resigned. This is reported by the television company “Gala” with reference to the administration of the region.
Khachatryan is a member of the Dashnaktsutyun party, which earlier announced the withdrawal from the parliamentary coalition with the ruling Republican Party.
“Taking into account the current situation, we declare about the refusal to participate in the political coalition”, the statement of the party says.
According to the “Voice of Armenia”, Khachatryan was appointed governor on June 8, 2017. Prior to that, he held the post of deputy minister of territorial administration of the republic, Shirak region is one of the largest in Armenia. In its regional center of Gyumri there is a Russian military base.
Protests in Armenia began in mid-April against the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister. After 10 days of protests, Sargsyan left the post. First Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan became Acting Head of the Cabinet of Ministers.