Armenian president resigns

Moscow — Armenian President Armen Sarkissian offered to resign on Sunday. He said he believed that the national constitution did not give him enough power to influence the event.

Sarkissian, the president since 2018, was in conflict with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan last year on many issues, including the dismissal of the military chief.

The role of the prime minister is seen as stronger than the role of the president.

“I’ve been thinking for a long time. After about four years of active activity, I decided to resign from the post of President of the Republic,” Sarkian said in a statement posted on the official website.

“You may be wondering why the President did not influence the political events that led us to the current national crisis. The reason is also clear — the lack of the right tools… — the Constitution. The roots of some of the potential problems in the world are hidden in the current basic law. “

In a referendum in December 2015, Armenia became a parliamentary republic, but the president’s authority was significantly reduced.

In his statement Sarkissian did not directly mention any particular event or problem.

Armenia in November last year after urging Russia to withdraw from the conflict after the worst clash since the six-week war in 2020, when Moscow mediated a peace agreement to end hostilities. Agreed to ceasefire with Azerbaijan at the border.

Since then, Prime Minister Pashinyan has been under pressure and has been required to resign from the terms of the peace agreement by regular opposition protests. Under a Russian-mediated 2020 agreement, Azerbaijan regained control of the territory lost during the war in the early 1990s.

Armenia withdrew from the Soviet Union in 1991, but continues to rely on Russia for aid and investment. Many Armenians have accused the government of corrupting and mistreating the economy, which is struggling to overcome the legacy of the Central Plan.