Arayik Harutyunyan

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Arayik Harutyunyan
6th Prime Minister of Artsakh
In office
14 September 2007 – 7 September 2017[citation needed]
President Bako Sahakyan
Preceded by Anushavan Danielyan
Succeeded by Office abolished
Personal details
Born (1973-12-14) 14 December 1973 (age 43)
Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, Soviet Union
Political party Free Motherland
Alma mater Yerevan State Institute of Economy
Artsakh University
Occupation Economist
Military service
Service/branch Artsakh Defense Army
Years of service 1992
Battles/wars Nagorno-Karabakh War

Arayik Harutyunyan (Armenian: Արայիկ Հարությունյան; born 14 December 1973) is a politician, current State Minister and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Artsakh (formerly Nagorno-Karabakh). He was suggested by the President of Artsakh Bako Sahakyan and was unanimously approved by the Parliament of Artsakh on 14 September 2007, by 32 out of 32 present parliamentarians. His term ended on 7 September[citation needed] 2017, following a constitutional amendment that abolished the office of prime minister. On the September 25th of 2017, he was appointed as State Minister with the decree of the President.[1]

Early career[edit]

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.

In Parliament[edit]

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.[2]

First speech as Prime Minister[edit]

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’.[3]


See also[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Anushavan Danielyan
Prime Minister of the Republic of Artsakh
Succeeded by
Office abolished