NEWSPAPER: THE RULING ELITE IN ARMENIA SERIOUSLY DISPLEASED WITH ISHKHAN ZAKARYAN, HEAD OF SUPERVISORY CHAMBER
Tuesday, June 25, 12:22
The ruling elite in Armenia is seriously displeased with Ishkhan
Zakaryan, Head of Supervisory Chamber, over the Chamber’s recent
exposures in the activity of some government structures and fact of
embezzlement of the budget funds, a local newspaper Hraparak writes.
Rumors about Zakaryan’s possible dismissal are based on statements of
some high-ranking officials who slam Zakaryan for excess of power. The
paper writes that Zakaryan has discrepancies also with his staff that
allegedly impedes inspections and leads to information leakage.
Hraparak writes that Zakaryan’s only hope is President Serzh Sargsyan,
who does not mind leaving Zakaryan on his position so far.
Earlier, on June 20, Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said in the
government that the statement by Ishkhan Zakaryan, head of the
Supervisory Chamber of Armenia, saying that 70% of the state budget
expenditures are risky, does not correspond to reality.
“70% of the state budget is 700 bln drams. If what the Supervisory
Chamber says is true, there is large- scale corruption in all
the regions, which does not correspond to reality. The Supervisory
Chamber is a specialized structure and has no right to make political
statements. It is authorized to prepared resolutions on some issues,
nothing else,” the premier said. He said that any public allegations
against departments and ministers must be responded.
“I charge you to respond to allegations. You must either refute the
information or assume responsibility for the violations,” the prime
minister told the Cabinet.