Armenian president announces his resignation

Baku, January 23, AZERTAC

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian has announced his resignation, according to TASS.

"It is not an emotion-driven decision and it has certain logic. The country’s president has no instruments to influence important issues either in the domestic or foreign policy," according to a statement posted on his official website on Sunday. "In this difficult period for our country, when nationwide unity is needed, the institute of presidency must not be a target for gossip and conspiracy theories that only distract the attention of society from major problems."

The country, in his words, is living "in a strange reality when the head of state cannot influence matters linked with war and peace," cannot veto laws he considers as inexpedient for the nation and for the state.

"In line with the procedure established by the constitutional amendments of 2015, Armenia has shifted from the semi-presidential to the parliamentary form of government since April 9, 2018, when Armen Sarkissian took office," the presidential website noted.

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