Tatul Manaseryan

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Tatul Manaseryan

Tatul Manaseryan was born on April 14, 1960 in Yerevan.

Mr. Manaseryan graduated with a degree in economics from Kiev (Ukraine) State University in 1984. He is a professor, Doctor of Economics and author of 10 mono­graphs and more than 500 scientific articles.

Since 1983 Mr. Manaseryan has been teaching in universities in Armenia and abroad. From 1984-1989 he worked as a head of scientific team at the Scientific Research Institute of State Plans and Standards under the USSR State Planning Department. From 1989-1990 he was the chief advisor of the Chairman of the Armenia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. From 1990-1991 he was the general director of the A. Sakharov Fund. From 1991-1992 he headed the Resident Mission of ArmentradeCanadian Company. For the next five years he was the president of Armentrade-California Consulting Company. From 1993-1997 he was a professor at Southern California Redlands University. From 1997-1998 he was the head of the Training Center of the Armenian Development Agency. From 1998-1999 he was the chairman of the Economic Task Group under the Political Council of the RA President. From 1999­2000 he was the president of the Armenian Tourism Development Union. For the next two years he was advisor and head of International Organizations Division in the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2001-2002 he was the head of the International Division in the Emergency Department under the RA Government. From 2002-2003 he was the scientific director of the Center for Strategic and National Studies. In 2003 he founded Alternative Research Center.

On May 25, 2003 he was elected to the NA from the proportional list of the Justice Alliance and he is currently on the NA Standing Committee on Financial-Credit, Budgetary and Economic Affairs. He is a member of the Justice Faction and has no political party affiliation.

Mr. Manaseryan is married and has four children.

Quits Opposition Bloc

Another MP Quits Opposition Bloc

By Hovannes Shoghikian 5, September 2006

The Artarutyun (Justice) bloc, Armenia’s largest opposition force increasingly beset by internal squabbles, has lost another parliament seat with the defection of one of its deputies who is allegedly seeking to join a major establishment party.

The lawmaker, Tatul Manaserian, confirmed on Tuesday reports that he has decided to leave Artarutyun and its faction in the National Assembly but refused to explain his motives. He provided RFE/RL with a copy of his letter to the bloc’s top leader Stepan Demirchian notifying the latter of the move.

Manaserian complained in the letter about Artarutyun’s increased political “passivity” and “de facto cessation of the active struggle.” “I stand ready to cooperate with you and my colleagues within the framework of legislative and other initiatives aimed at ensuring the country’s progress,” he wrote.

The move followed newspaper reports that Manaserian is seeking membership in the ambitious Prosperous Armenia party of Gagik Tsarukian, a millionaire businessman close to President Robert Kocharian. Although the parliamentarian denied those reports last week, his departure from the opposition bloc will only stoke the speculation.

The “Haykakan Zhamanak” daily quoted on Tuesday an Artarutyun spokeswoman as denouncing Manaserian and demanding that he also resign as parliament deputy. The lawmaker, who lived and worked in the United States in the 1990s, rejected the demand.

Another, more prominent Artarutyun figure, Victor Dallakian, likewise quit the bloc two weeks ago, in a move which is widely seen as a prelude to his affiliation with Prosperous Armenia.

The two defections left Artarutyun in nominal control of only 12 of the 131 National Assembly seats. The bloc holds even fewer seats in practice as at least two members of its faction have fallen out with Demirchian. One of them, Aram Sarkisian, leads the radical opposition Hanrapetutyun (Republic) party which is currently in talks with other opposition groups over the possibility of forming a new anti-government alliance ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections.

Demirchian has admitted that his People’s Party of Armenia, the largest of the nine parties aligned in Artarutyun, may well contest the polls on its own.

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