Serzh Sargsyan

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Serzh Sargsyan
Սերժ Սարգսյան
11th and 15th Prime Minister of Armenia
In office
17 April 2018 – 23 April 2018
PresidentArmen Sarkissian
Preceded byKaren Karapetyan
Succeeded byKaren Karapetyan (Acting)
In office
26 March 2007 – 9 April 2008
PresidentRobert Kocharyan
Preceded byAndranik Margaryan
Succeeded byTigran Sargsyan
3rd President of Armenia
In office
9 April 2008 – 9 April 2018
Prime MinisterTigran Sargsyan
Hovik Abrahamyan
Karen Karapetyan
Preceded byRobert Kocharyan
Succeeded byArmen Sarkissian
Personal details
Born (1954-06-30) 30 June 1954 (age 69)
Stepanakert, Soviet Union
(now Azerbaijan)
Political partyRepublican Party
Rita Sargsyan
(m. 1983; her death 2020)
Alma materYerevan 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]

Political career[change | change source]

Sargsyan was in the Soviet Armed Forces from 1971 to 1972. 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]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 1983, he married socialite Rita Sargsyan. She died in 2020 from COVID-19. They have two daughters, Anush and Satenik, and one granddaughter, Mariam.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Official biography of Serzh Sargsyan". Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  2. "RPA nominates Serge Sargsyan for President". 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  3. "Armenia: Sarkisian Sworn In As President" Archived 2008-04-22 at the Wayback Machine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, April 9, 2008.
  4. "The President of the Republic of Armenia". Archived from the original on 2004-06-29. Retrieved 2012-05-02.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Armenian PM resigns after protests". BBC News. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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