Armenia's Ruling Party Nominee Sarkissian Elected New President - Commission

Armenia's Ruling Party Nominee Sarkissian Elected New President - Commission

"Ninety lawmakers voted for Sarkissian, 10 voted against".

"Dear Mr. Sarkissian, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as Armenia's President". He declared with sarcasm that there are "hidden Yelk members" in the ruling party's ranks.

Sarkissian vowed to devote his years of experience and knowledge to serve the Armenian citizens.

So far, parliaments in more than 20 countries, including Germany, have voted in laws or resolutions explicitly recognising the Armenian "genocide".

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As a result, presidential veto powers are being stripped from the post and the presidency is being downgraded to a figurehead position elected by parliament every seven years rather than a direct popular vote. In particular, he will appoint members of the government, Armenian ambassadors overseas and the Armenian army's top brass. He holds the seat of former President Sergey Sarkissian, who, according to opposition leaders, may remain in office as prime minister.

Sarkissian, 64, has repeatedly stated in recent weeks that despite the lack of executive powers he intends to play a major role in Armenia's political and economic life.

Armenia seceded from the Soviet Union in 1991, but remains dependent on Russian Federation for aid and investment. In addition to his diplomatic mission to the United Kingdom, he went on to become Senior Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Europe (Deputy Foreign Minister) and concurrently represented Armenia as Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and The Vatican. He was appointed as Armenian ambassador to Britain for a third time in 2013.

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