The parliament voted on Friday to elect Armen Sarkissian as the fourth President of Armenia.
Sarkissian will assume his duties at a special sitting of the National Assembly on April 9. This, of course, is a very important event in the life of our people and the state, and, of course, is a very important milestone on the way to the establishment of parliamentary democracy. 90 MPs voted in favor of Sarkissian, 10 voted against him, with one bullet paper declared invalid.
"The RPA is widely expected to appoint Sargsyan to be prime minister after the presidential vote".
"I want to thank those who voted for me and those who voted against me", he said.
"Dear Mr. Sarkissian, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as Armenia's President".
"And I certainly expect your and our citizens' support for and participation in our future important victories", added the president-elect.
Yelk's parliamentary leader, Nikol Pashinian was quick to pounce on that fact.
So far, parliaments in more than 20 countries, including Germany, have voted in laws or resolutions explicitly recognising the Armenian "genocide". The functions of the president, who is elected to serve a seven-year term, will be representational. In particular, he will appoint members of the government, Armenian ambassadors overseas and the Armenian army's top brass.
According to Interfax, for the position was chosen by the former Prime Minister, Ambassador to great Britain Armen Sargsyan.
Armenian President Sarksyan also faced vehement opposition from nationalists at home and the powerful Armenian diaspora overseas. He has pledged, among other things, to strive to heal what he sees as serious divisions existing within the Armenian society.
Armenia seceded from the Soviet Union in 1991, but remains dependent on Russian Federation for aid and investment.
Sarkissian, Armenia's ambassador to the United Kingdom, was the only candidate.
His second ambassadorial stint was cut short in 1999 by then President Robert Kocharian.