Armenia Scraps Zurich Protocols; President Sargsyan Points to Turkish Intransigence

04 March, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Tracy Craig
  • Serzh Sargsyan Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle three great statesmen who broke their promises

Sarkissian was elected in secret ballot by 90 votes to 10. 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.

According to his spokesman, Vladimir Akopyan, President Serzh Sargsyan made the announcement Thursday at a meeting of the country's security council.

Sarkissian served as prime minister of Armenia from November 4, 1996 to March 20, 1997. The president was previously selected through a direct popular vote by the public.

Sarkissian succeeds Serzh Sarksyan, who opposition leaders say could now become prime minister.

It is the first time that the MPs, not the people, elect the president, because the country has switched to the parliamentary government. He served as prime minister for four months in 1996-1997 before being again named ambassador in London.

Photos! When Bachchan family celebrate 'Holi'
Family and friends come together to feast, dance, and laugh together while dousing each other with colored powder and water. Youths form a human pyramid to reach to a clay pot during a Holi celebration in Tamghas, Gulmi, on Thursday.

He also visited the Diaspora communities in Vienna and Beirut, but interestingly not the United States, specifically Los Angeles, which houses the largest concentration of Armenians outside Armenia.

Azerbaijan feared it would lose leverage in negotiations to win back Nagorno-Karabakh, which it lost to Armenian-backed forces in the bloodiest of the ethnic conflicts which followed the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union.

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

Armenia seceded from the Soviet Union in 1991, but remains dependent on Russian Federation for aid and investment.

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