Former Tavush governor to be named Armenia new High-Tech Minister

April 1, 2021 – 12:57 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – The government on Thursday, April 1 decided to dismiss Hayk Chobanyan from the post of the governor of ’s Tavush province. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Chobanyan will be appointed the Minister of the country’s High-Tech Industry.

The former governor of Tavush will thus replace Hakob Arshakyan in the Minister’s post after the latter’s resignation amid a scandal over hitting a journalist.

On March 18, Arshakyan hit journalist Paylak Fahradyan in one of the cafés in , Armenia’s capital. The journalist had reportedly approached the minister, who was having lunch with his wife, and asked why he was sitting in a café during working hours. Later, a video showing Arshakyan going up to the journalist and hitting him landed online. Arshakyan later apologized, but also hinted that Fahradyan had used profanity in the presence of his wife.

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