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

04 March, 2018, 05:06 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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The Armenian parliament voted on Friday to elect Armen Sarkissian, a former prime minister who has long resided in Britain, Armenia's new and largely ceremonial president. "Work which is in fact the continuation of the years of the first, second and your presidency of the Republic", Dr. Sarkissian told the president.

Two key agreements were brokered then by the United States, France and Russian Federation, but have never been ratified by the two countries' parliaments. The functions of the president, who is elected to serve a seven-year term, will be representational.

Ninety lawmakers voted in favor of the 64-year-old Sarkissian, a former prime minister and now the country's ambassador to the United Kingdom; 10 voted against; and one lawmaker abstained.

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

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. In 1984 he became a Visiting Research Fellow and later professor at the University of Cambridge. In 1991, he established Armenia's embassy in the United Kingdom, its first in the West.

On October 10, 2009 in Zurich, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Turkey - Edward Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu - signed the "Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey" and "Protocol on development of relations between of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey". In 1995-96 he was Head of Mission of the Republic of Armenia to Europe.

Dr. Sarkissian was the Prime Minister of Armenia from 1996 to 1997. He has served as Special Advisor to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Develop-ment and as a Governor of EBRD from 1993-2000.

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