YEREVAN (parliament.am, president.am) – On March 2, Gagik Melikyan, the Chair of the Accounting Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia, presented to the parliament the results of the vote for the election of the president of the Republic. One hundred and one deputies took part in the voting, and with 90 for and 10 against votes Armen Sarkissian was elected President of the Republic of Armenia for a 7-year term. This marks a change in the system of government toward a parliamentary one, with the president previously being elected by popular vote.
The 64-year-old Sarkissian was nominated in January of this year by the ruling Republican Party of Armenia and endorsed by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Gagik Tsarukyan’s alliance, but rejected by the Yelk alliance. He was the only candidate for president on the ballot.
National Assembly President Ara Babloyan congratulated Sarkissian on his election.
The head of the parliament informed that under Article 127 of the Armenian Constitution and Article 49 of Constitutional Law, according to the National Assembly Rules of Procedure, the President of the Republic assumes office in the special sitting of the National Assembly which in case of a regular election is convened on the day of the conclusion of the authority of the previous President of the Republic. The special sitting will be convened on April 9. The order to hold the special sitting is established by the decision of the Council upon the recommendation of the President of the National Assembly.
Sarkissian thanked the Assembly deputies for voting, and assured them that he would serve the entire Armenian people.
President Serzh Sargsyan received Sarkissian after his election the same day, and declared: “Dear Mr. Sarkissian, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as President of the Republic of Armenia. Indeed, this is an extremely important event in the history of our people and State and, of course, a crucial milestone on the way to building parliamentary democracy. I am sure that you will do your best in the exercise of duties of the President of the Republic of Armenia. In the meantime, as I closely followed your meetings, I am convinced that everything will be fine.