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Yearbook 2000

Armenia. The entire government resigned when Prime Minister Aram Sarkisian was dismissed in May by President Robert Kotjarjan. The president accused the government of "political play" which made the country unstable and exacerbated the economic problems.

2000 Armenia

According to COUNTRYAAH, Andranik Markarian, leader of the Armenian Republican Party, was appointed new head of government. The new Prime Minister and the President promised to end the conflicts between the two offices and their contradictions with Parliament. Markarian also said he would like to fight the widespread corruption. He also promised to deal with unemployment and poverty. According to some estimates, more than a third of the residents were unemployed. Markarians financial plan included doubled pensions and salaries for government employees over a three-year period. However, the Government's hopes of a 6% GDP growth during the year did not seem to be met. Armenia's economy is plagued by large sums going to the military conflict with Azerbaijan over the Armenian breakaway climax Nagorno-Karabakh.

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