The first indirect Presidential elections in Armenia’s history were held on 2 March. Independent candidate Armen Sargsyan, appointed by the Republican Party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation that form the ruling coalition, was elected.
For the first time, the President was chosen by the members of the National Assembly, which is the local parliament, instead of being selected by popular vote, as it happened until 2013. At the time, Serzh Sargsyan, in power since 2008, had been reconfirmed, but he could not run again since the Armenian constitution only allows two terms in office.
Armen Sargsyan was elected with 85% of votes, 90 in favour and 10 against. Not a member of any political party, Sargsyan had been the country’s Prime Minister from 1996 to 1997, when Levon Ter-Petrosyan was president.
The New President took charge on 9th April, as Serzh Sargsyan’s second presidential mandate expired.