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Arayik Harutyunyan
Արայիկ Հարությունյան

Harutyunyan on 14 September 2007 during his first speech as prime minister.

Assumed office 
14 September 2007
President Bako Sahakyan
Preceded by Anushavan Danielyan

Born 14 December 1973

Arayik Harutyunyan (Armenian: Արայիկ Հարությունյան, Russian: Араик Арутюнян) 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.


In Parliament

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 [1].

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’ [2].

Early career

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.


Almost every person in Karabakh has a nickname. Arayik Harutyunyan’s nickname is ‘’Arayik of a bank’’ (arm. Banki Arayiki), which comes from his early career as a bank manager.


See also

Political offices
Preceded by
Anushavan Danielyan
Prime Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh
2007 – present


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