As of: 01/23/2022 6:41 p.m
As president, he has repeatedly criticized his prime minister in the past. Now Armenia’s head of state Sarkissian has announced his resignation – and justified this with limited powers.
Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian surprisingly announced his resignation. After much deliberation, he decided to resign after about four years as President of the Republic, according to a statement by the 68-year-old published by the President’s Office. “This is absolutely not an emotional decision, but corresponds to a certain logic.”
“Not the necessary tools”
Sarkissyan referred to the head of state’s limited powers. The president “does not have the necessary instruments to influence the fundamental processes of domestic and foreign policy in the difficult time for the country,” said Sarkissian. He campaigned for a constitutional reform so that the next president could work in a “balanced environment”.
The President had criticized Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the war over Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus. At the time, Sarkissian criticized the fact that he had not been included in the negotiations. He later expressed objections to Pashinyan’s reappointment of the Armenian military leadership.
successor is unclear
After six weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia had to cede large areas to Azerbaijan that it had controlled for decades. Many Armenians see this as a national humiliation. It is unclear who will be Sarkissjan’s successor.