Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Became known, who became President of Armenia

Became known, who became President of Armenia

He was handpicked by Serzh Sargsyan to succeed him as president in January now that the office's veto powers have been stripped and the presidency is being downgraded to a figurehead position.

YEREVAN (A.W.)-Armen Sarkissian was elected the fourth President of Armenia by the country's National Assembly on Friday.

He was proposed by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and was seen as the handpicked choice of the incumbent president, Serzh Sargsyan.

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It is noted that he was the only candidate for the presidency.

President [Serge] Sarkisian received on President-elect Sarkissian shortly following his election.

"Dear Mr. Sargsyan, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Armenia".

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The deal needed parliamentary approval in both countries, but was never ratified, and the Armenian and Turkish governments have since accused each other of trying to change the deal.

His selection as president is part of Armenia's sweeping reforms under a new constitution, which envisions the office of the president to be more symbolic than executive, with the head of state duties being transferred to the prime minister. After his inauguration, the levers of power will be transferred to the prime minister, as the result of a 2015 constitutional referendum that also gave lawmakers rather than voters the power to elect the head of state.

In October 1991, Dr. Sarkissian established the first Armenian Embassy in the West in London.

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Armen Sargysan is a veteran of Armenia's politics, having previously served as the country's prime minister before becoming Yerevan's current ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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