Armenian President Armen Sarkissian resigns over lack of power

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian abnegated from office on Sunday, January 23, complaining that he didn't have enough power under the country's constitution to apply necessary changes.

In a statement posted on the presidential website, he attributed his abdication to “ a paradoxical situation when the President has to be a patron of statehood without actually having any real tool.”

He Said;
“Because of the responsibility I assumed as the President of the Republic. I was obliged to do everything in my power to rule out further deepening of the internal division, possible clashes, which could lead to extremely negative consequences. I also sought to use my reputation and connections gained throughout my many years of work, my international political and economic potential to build a strong, stable state.”

He refocused on the statement that due to the lack of applicable tools endowed by the Constitution, he failed to impact the political events that led to the current public extremity.

The statement added that the chairman doesn't have the power to impact the important domestic decision-making processes which are important for the country.

Sarkissian stressed that the purpose of his offer “ was not to move from one model of government to another, but to produce a state system grounded on checks and balances.”

Before his abdication, the former Armenian President was at the center of a political extremity following an outbreak of fighting between Armenia and neighbor Azerbaijan, over control of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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