Armenian president back at work after health scare

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Armenia’s president has returned to work after a medical checkup, his office said, following media reports that said he had been admitted to hospital over COVID-19 complications.

“Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has undergone an examination at the Astghik Medical Center today. The president has already finished the examination and returned to his usual work,” his press office said.

Russian news agencies, citing the office, had earlier reported that Sarkissian, 67, was being treated for COVID-19 complications.

The Interfax news agency also cited local media reports saying Sarkissian was undergoing treatment for heart problems.

Sarkissian declined on Thursday to sign a decree on the appointment of a new head of the army’s general staff after Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sacked the previous chief during a political crisis in which the army urged Pashinyan to resign.

Main Photo: Armenian President Armen Sarkissian. EPA-EFE/ABED AL HASHLAMOUN

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