Thus, Armenia once again showcased the "triumph of democracy": the parliament elected the sole candidate, who was, moreover, nominated by the former president, Serzh Sargsyan, with the overwhelming majority.
"I want to thank those who voted for me and those who voted against me", he said. In a ceremony held on October 10, 2009, the foreign ministers signed the two protocols, supported by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which required ratification from parliaments of both countries. After his inauguration, the levers of power will be transferred to the prime minister, as the result of a 2015 constitutional referendum that also gave lawmakers rather than voters the power to elect the head of state. "I will invest my long experience and knowledge and my entire energy in properly performing the duties of Armenia's president and properly serving the Republic of Armenia, its citizens and our people". The power in the country will be concentrated in the hands of the legislature and the government, while the functions of the president will be representational.
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Sarkissian's first trip outside of Armenia since being nominated was to Russian Federation, where he met with community representatives and church leaders.
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Armenian President Sarksyan also faced vehement opposition from nationalists at home and the powerful Armenian diaspora overseas.
In remarks to parliament yesterday, Sarkissian said Armenian society has become more divided in recent years.
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Sarkissian, Armenia's ambassador to the United Kingdom, was the only candidate.
The border between the two countries has remained closed since Armenia gained independence following the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.
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