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Posted 25 March 2007 - 09:58 AM

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Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan of Armenia has died of a heart attack at the age of 55, officials in the Caucasus former Soviet republic say.

Mr Margaryan, a dissident in Soviet times, became prime minister in May 2000 and was also the chairman of the governing Republican Party.

President Robert Kocharyan has called emergency talks over his death later on Sunday, the party's news service says.

The late premier had heart surgery in 1999, one Armenian report said.

He is survived by two daughters and a son.

Born in the Armenian capital Yerevan in 1951, Andranik Margaryan studied cybernetics and graduated as a computer engineer.

An Armenian nationalist and critic of the Soviet system, he was jailed for two years in 1974 for his propaganda work and political activism, his official biography notes.

During the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh in the early 1990s, he actively supported the Armenian side and took part in combat, according to his party's website.

He was appointed prime minister shortly after the October 1999 assault on parliament in which Prime Minister Vazgen Sarkisyan and six others were killed by Armenian extreme nationalists.

Source:BBC http://news.bbc.co.u...ope/6493229.stm

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 12:14 PM

BIOGRAPHY OF ANDRANIK MARGARYAN

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Andranik Margaryan

Andranik Markarian was born on June 12, 1951 in Yerevan.

Andranik Margaryan graduated from the Department of Cybernetics of Yerevan Polytechnic Institute, as a computer engineer (1972). Since 1968 he was a member of the illegally functioning United National Party, since 1973, he was a Board member of the UNP. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Republican Party of Armenia, the first party registered in the RA, which was the ideological successor of the UNP. In 1993-97, he was the Chair of the RPA Board, in 1997-99, he was the Chair of the RPA, in 1999 he was repeatedly elected Chairman of the Board. In 1972-74, he worked at Yerevan branch of the National Gas Industry Research Institute, as a researcher, then, a senior engineer. In 1977-78, he worked at the Energy Research Institute of Armenia, as a head engineer. In 1978-79, he worked at the Electromechanical Plant, as the chief of the computer department. In 1979-90, he worked at the Information and Computer Center of the Ministry of Trade, as a chief of department. In 1990-1994, he worked at the State Committee for Special Programs, as a chief of information department. In 1994-95, he worked at the State Engineering University of Armenia, as a researcher. In 1995-99, he was elected to the National Assembly (NA) of the first convocation. In 1999, he was repeatedly elected to the NA and headed the "Unity" faction. In 2000, he was appointed RA Prime Minister, having undertaken the responsibility for the activities of the government together with the RPA.

Margaryan having been politically oriented to G. Nzhdeh's ideas, since 1966 has been criticizing the Soviet totalitarian system; from Hai Dat positions, he saw the future of the Armenian people as a democratic, independent nation-state. For the propagation of his ideas and activities, in 1974 he was arrested and convicted for two years of imprisonment.

During the Karabakh war, he actively participated in the organization of volunteer units, weapons, ammunition and food supplies of Karabakh, he also participated in combat actions. Since 1998, he has been a member of the Volunteer War Veterans Union (Yerkrapah), thereafter, a Board member. A. Margaryan considers the development of RA economy as the crucial condition for the decent life of each RA citizen. A. Margaryan supports the enhancement of the peace established in the region, the continuation of the Karabakh negotiations and peaceful settlement of the conflict.

In October 1992, February 1993 was elected a member of RPA board.

In December 1993, 1994, on 2 December 1995 (2-nd congress of RPA) was elected the chairman of RPA board.

On 20 December 1997(4-th congress of RPA) was elected the chairman of RPA, the chairman of RPA board.

On 30 January 1999(5-th congress of RPA), on 9 June 2001(6-th congress of RPA ), on 12 July 2003 (8-th congress of RPA) was elected the chairman of RPA board.

On 17 December 2005 (9-th congress of RPA) was elected the chairman of RPA.

Married, two daughters, son and five grandchildren.

Edited by MosJan, 25 March 2007 - 09:41 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 01:03 PM

Armenian Prime Minister Dies


YEREVAN, Armenia, March 25 (UPI) -- Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan died of a heart attack Sunday in Yerevan at the age of 55.

Margaryan`s death was confirmed by Mery Arutyunyan, head of the government press service, Russia`s Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Margaryan had been Armenian`s prime minister since May 2000.

He is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:09 PM

He was one of the smartest leaders in current government
Armenia has lost a good men
Rest in peace

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 02:36 PM

What a shame to have lost such a patriotic great Armenian man.
Yes, Armenia did lose a great man and may he rest in peace.

Edited by Anahid Takouhi, 25 March 2007 - 02:37 PM.


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 03:41 PM



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Armenian Prime Minister Dies
March 25, 2007, ArmeniaLiberty.org, By Ruben Meloyan and Emil Danielyan - Prime Minister Andranik Markarian died of apparent cardiac failure on Sunday after nearly seven years at helm of Armenia's government.

President Robert Kocharian was due to hold an emergency meeting of top government officials to discuss the development that could have ramifications for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

In a brief statement, the Armenian government cited "heart paralysis" as the cause of Markarian's death, while a senior medic spoke of an "acute heart failure." According to the head of Yerevan's municipal ambulance service, Artem Petrosian, the 55-year-old chairman of the governing Republican Party (HHK) was unconscious and his heart stopped beating by the time two ambulance crews arrived at his apartment early in the afternoon.

"They immediately registered a heart stoppage and clinical death," Petrosian told RFE/RL. Markarian was immediately given resuscitation treatment but did not respond, the official said, adding that the precise cause of his death will be determined by pathologists.

Markarian had a history of serious cardiac problems and twice underwent heart surgeries, first in Armenia in 1999 and later in France. He regularly visited French and Russian clinics for medical examinations.

"For us, for the country, the party and his friends, this is a huge loss," Tigran Torosian, the parliament speaker and a senior member of the HHK, told the A1Plus.am news service. Torosian credited the deceased premier with the HHK's success and "achievements" registered by Armenia in recent years.

Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian, the number two figure in the official HHK hierarchy, was in Moscow on his way to China for an official visit when he heard news of Markarian's sudden death. He reportedly cancelled the trip and was due to fly back to Yerevan.

In the meantime, Kocharian promptly expressed "deep sorrow" and offered his condolences to Markarian's family. He also formed a special commission headed by Torosian and tasked with organizing Markarian's state funeral. "The state commission today held its first meeting," Kocharian's office said in a press release.

In a separate short statement, the presidential press service said Kocharian has called an "emergency meeting of country's high-ranking leadership." No details were reported.

The HHK's governing board was expected to meet separately later in the day. According to Torosian, the meeting will take place after Sarkisian's return to Yerevan. Dozens of senior Republicans, some of them in tears, were waiting for the powerful defense chief at the party headquarters in the city center in the evening.

A computer engineer by training, Markarian began his political activities in the early 1970s when he joined a clandestine group campaigning for Armenia's secession from the Soviet Union and spent two years in Soviet labor camps as a political prisoner. He was among several members of that group who founded the HHK in 1989.

Markarian was appointed prime minister in May 2000 after effectively switching sides in a bitter power struggle that was sparked by the October 1999 terrorist attack on the Armenian parliament and ended in Kocharian's and Sarkisian's victory. He held on to the post in the shadow of Armenia's two most powerful men, rarely defying them on major policy issues and essentially putting the HHK at their disposal.

Markarian was widely expected to resign as prime minister after the May 12 parliamentary elections which the HHK intends to win. Local observers have suggested that Sarkisian, increasingly seen as the HHK's real top leader, is keen to take up the post and use it as a launch pad for the Armenian presidency. The question now is whether Sarkisian is willing to get the position before the vote. It is also unclear whether he is Kocharian's preferred candidate for the job.

Speaking to journalists last January, Markarian, who became Armenia's longest-serving prime minister, effectively admitted that he will no longer head the cabinet of ministers after May 12. When asked by one of them whether he is "psychologically" prepared to lose the job soon, he said: "I think romantically but am a pragmatist."

Meanwhile, official Yerevan began receiving the first messages of condolences from foreign leaders. Citing Kremlin officials, the Regnum news agency reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin conveyed his sympathy to Markarian's relatives, Armenia's leadership and Kocharian in particular.

The U.S. chargé d'affaires in Yerevan, Anthony Godfrey, issued a statement on the occasion, describing Markarian as a "valuable partner of the United States." "We honor Prime Minister Markarian's lifelong contributions to Armenian life, from his work with the dissident National Unity Party during the 1960s and 1970s, through independent Armenia's emergence from Soviet rule, and as the head of government since 2000," Godfrey said. 


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Posted 25 March 2007 - 04:51 PM

Astvats hogin lusavori

iy mard es inch a katarvum
haziv mi kerats xmats Prim minister uneyinq en el mahatsav

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 05:15 PM

So now Kocharian will appoint a new one?

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 05:52 PM

Oghurmi iren.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:46 PM

Good people die young, God bless his soul.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 09:25 PM

QUOTE(Armenak @ Mar 25 2007, 04:15 PM) View Post

So now Kocharian will appoint a new one?


highest bidder gets the job

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 10:50 PM

QUOTE(MosJan @ Mar 25 2007, 08:25 PM) View Post

highest bidder gets the job

Probably Serge Sarkisyan.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 10:09 AM

QUOTE(Armenak @ Mar 26 2007, 12:50 AM) View Post

Probably Serge Sarkisyan.

lol he already got the temporary job i believe. Just a matter of time before he wins the elections too. He's the Bill Gates of Armenia lol.

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 10:33 AM

QUOTE(AK-47 @ Mar 26 2007, 04:09 PM) View Post

lol he already got the temporary job i believe. Just a matter of time before he wins the elections too. He's the Bill Gates of Armenia lol.

Forgive my silliness at such a solemn occasion when the body is not even cold msn-cry.gif msn-cry.gif .
I thought Dodi Gago was the Bill Gates. tongue.gif

Edited by Arpa, 26 March 2007 - 10:36 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 11:06 AM

QUOTE(Arpa @ Mar 26 2007, 12:33 PM) View Post

Forgive my silliness at such a solemn occasion when the body is not even cold msn-cry.gif msn-cry.gif .
I thought Dodi Gago was the Bill Gates. tongue.gif

lol, my bad, Dodi Gado is Bill Gates and Serge Sarkisian is...umm...Donald Trump?

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 12:22 PM

OK guys so what should I do move this to a humor section?

Armenian PM has died, at list have a respect for the dead!!!!!



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Posted 26 March 2007 - 01:32 PM

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Armenian Government Resigns Over PM's Death
March 26, ArmeniaLiberty.org, By Emil Danielyan and Ruzanna Stepanian - Armenia's entire cabinet of ministers resigned on Monday due to the sudden death of Prime Minister Andranik Markarian.

The resignation was swiftly accepted by President Robert Kocharian during an emergency government meeting chaired by the head of state.

A government statement cited Article 55 of the Armenian constitution which obligates the ruling cabinet to step down in case the post of prime minister becomes vacant. The statement said Kocharian instructed all ministers to continue to perform their duties "until the formation of a new government."

Under the recently amended constitution, the president of the republic has to name a new prime minister, backed by the majority of parliament deputies, within the next ten days. The appointment must follow consultations with leaders of the parliamentary majority.

Kocharian held such consultations immediately after the cabinet session. "Participants of the meeting stressed the importance of ensuring the continued regular and unfettered work of the executive authority," his office said without elaborating. Kocharian assured the majority leaders that he will take "all necessary actions" required by the constitution, the office said.

The participants included top members of Markarian's Republican Party (HHK), which boasts the largest faction in the National Assembly and will likely demanded that the next prime minister be a Republican. The most likely candidate for the post is the influential Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian, the number two figure in the party's leadership. He was increasingly regarded as the governing party's real top leader even before the 55-year-old premier's death.

A source in the presidential administration told RFE/RL that Kocharian has already decided to name Sarkisian prime minister. Kocharian's press service denied the information, however.

Sarkisian cancelled a planned visit to China and rushed back to Yerevan from Moscow late on Sunday. He visited the HHK headquarters in the city center at around midnight and left it several minutes later, refusing to speak to journalists. It was thus unclear whether he discussed the question of who should succeed Markarian with other members of the party's governing board.

Meanwhile, a special state commission tasked with organizing Markarian's funeral announced that the deceased prime minister will be laid to rest in Yerevan's Komitas Pantheon on Wednesday. In a separate decree, Kocharian declared Wednesday a day of national mourning.

"We have lost a statesman, a colleague, a friend who … headed the government for nearly seven years, and those seven years were the best years for our state," Kocharian told his ministers.

Edited by Edward, 26 March 2007 - 01:35 PM.


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 01:41 PM

You guys are being sacreligious. Have some RESPECT!

The man has died and you are telling jokes. You barred me from the Hrant Dink thread and yet I would NEVER mock the dead, especially a fellow Armenian. What a double standard some of the mods have!


QUOTE(Edward @ Mar 26 2007, 12:22 PM) View Post

OK guys so what should I do move this to a humor section?

Armenian PM has died, at list have a respect for the dead!!!!!



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Posted 26 March 2007 - 01:55 PM

I will refrain from answering for now,
I'll take a rain check on that

now back to the Topic

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Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:16 PM

I have heard he used to be good guy. Astvac hogin lusavori. He didn't change his appartment house since he has got his position and he still used to play nardi with his neighbours on the street. The only problem the guy had was heavy drinking which took him to the grave.




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