|Harutyunyan on 14 September 2007 during his first speech as prime minister.|
|Prime Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh|
14 September 2007 – present
|Preceded by||Anushavan Danielyan|
14 December 1973|
Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, Soviet Union
|Political party||Free Motherland|
|Alma mater||Yerevan State Institute of Economy
|Service/branch||Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Army|
|Years of service||1992|
Arayik Vladimirovich Harutyunyan (Armenian: Արայիկ Հարությունյան, Russian: Араик Арутюнян) (born 14 December 1973) is the current Prime Minister of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. He was suggested by the President of Nagorno-Karabakh Bako Sahakyan and was unanimously approved by the Parliament of Karabakh on 14 September 2007, by 32 out of 32 present parliamentarians.
He studied at Yerevan State Institute of Economy, then completed post-graduate studies at Artsakh State University. Arayik Harutyunyan started his career working as a bank manager in one of the branches of Armenian banks in Stepanakert. Later on he co-managed a number of private enterprises including Karabakh Gold factory. His first participation in the political life started in 2004 when he supported one of the candidates in the elections of Mayor of Stepanakert, who lost the elections.
During the parliamentary elections in Nagorno Karabakh in June 2005 Arayik Harutyunyan created ‘Free Motherland’ Party. The party consisted of the young businessmen of Karabakh won 10 out of 33 seats in the parliament. In newly elected parliament Arayik Harutyunyan headed the commission on financial, budget and economy management.
First speech as Prime Minister
His first speech as a Prime Minister was full of promises to revive the economy, democracy and social justice in the country. The urgent steps that the new Prime Minister promised to take, included ‘fight against the corruption, protectionism, clan system and social evil’.
|Prime Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh
2007 – present