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Armenian president announces resignation

The resignation of Sarkissian, 68, comes amid some tension with the government led by Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian announced his resignation this Sunday, claiming that he is unable to “influence” the country’s political life in these “difficult times”.

“I reflected for a long time and decided to resign after four years of active work as president,” Sarkissian said in a statement, adding that the Armenian head of state “does not have the necessary tools to influence the important processes of foreign and domestic policy in a difficult period for the people and the country”.

“We are living in a reality (…) in which the President cannot veto laws that he considers inconvenient for his people and the State”, pointed out the head of state, appointed by parliament in March 2018.

The resignation of Sarkissian, 68, comes amid some tension with the government led by Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian, which had been urged by the President to relinquish power after the defeat in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno. -Karabakh, in 2020.

“I hope that the changes to the Constitution will finally be implemented and that the next president and the presidential administration will be able to function in a more balanced environment,” the statement said.

Source: with agencies

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