Thus, Armenia once again showcased the "triumph of democracy": the parliament elected the sole candidate, who was, moreover, nominated by the former president, Serzh Sargsyan, with the overwhelming majority. The president was previously selected through a direct popular vote by the public. President Sarkisian congratulated Sarkissian on his election as President of the Republic, wished him success, and expressed confidence that the coming years for Armenia would be the years of best achievements.
Two key agreements were brokered then by the United States, France and Russian Federation, but have never been ratified by the two countries' parliaments.
"Dear Mr. Sarkissian, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as Armenia's President".
Armen Sargysan is a veteran of Armenia's politics, having previously served as the country's prime minister before becoming Yerevan's current ambassador to the United Kingdom. Many Armenians accuse the government of corruption and mishandling the economy.
Under sweeping constitutional changes controversially enacted by Serzh Sarkisian, the new president of the republic will have largely ceremonial powers.
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David Conner, will conduct the service with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiating as the couple make their vows. In the evening, Prince Charles will host a private reception for the couple and their close friends and family.
Born in Yerevan on June 23, 1951, Dr. Sarkissian graduated from the Yerevan State University's Department of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics.
Opposition leaders accuse Sarksyan of planning to move into the post of prime minister to continue ruling Armenia.
Dr. Sarkissian was the Prime Minister of Armenia from 1996 to 1997.