Serzh Sargsyan

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Serzh Sargsyan
Սերժ Սարգսյան
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11th and 15th Prime Minister of Armenia
In office
17 April 2018 – 23 April 2018
President Armen Sarkissian
Preceded by Karen Karapetyan
Succeeded by Karen Karapetyan (Acting)
In office
26 March 2007 – 9 April 2008
President Robert Kocharyan
Preceded by Andranik Margaryan
Succeeded by Tigran Sargsyan
3rd President of Armenia
In office
9 April 2008 – 9 April 2018
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan
Hovik Abrahamyan
Karen Karapetyan
Preceded by Robert Kocharyan
Succeeded by Armen Sarkissian
Personal details
Born (1954-06-30) 30 June 1954 (age 63)
Stepanakert, Soviet Union
(now Azerbaijan)
Political party Republican Party
Spouse(s) Rita Sargsyan
Children Anush
Alma mater Yerevan State University

Serzh Azati Sargsyan (born June 30, 1954[1]) is the third President of Armenia. He won the February 2008 presidential election.[2] He took office in April 2008.[3]

Sargsyan was in the Soviet Armed Forces from 1971 to 1972. In 1983, he married his wife, Rita. They have two daughters, Anush and Satenik, and one granddaughter, Mariam.[1] He is the chairman of the Chess Federation of Armenia. Besides speaking Armenian, he also can speak in Russian.[4]

Even though the former Prime Minister of Armenia, Tigran Sargsyan, has the same last name, they are not related.

He became the Armenian defense minister in 1993. In 1995 he was head of Armenian state security department and minister of national security in 1996. In 1999, he became Robert Kocharyan's chief of staff, then secretary of the national security council, and defense minister. He became prime minister in 2007.[1]

On 17 April 2018, Sargsyan became Prime Minister of Armenia. Following mass-scale protests, he resigned from the office six days later on 23 April.[5] Former Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan succeeded Sargsyan as acting Prime Minister.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Official biography of Serzh Sargsyan
  2. "RPA nominates Serge Sargsyan for President". 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  3. "Armenia: Sarkisian Sworn In As President", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 9, 2008.
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  5. 5.0 5.1 "Armenian PM resigns after protests". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.