Armenian President Armen Sarkissian resigned on Sunday in protest of the constitutional limitations that he claims prevented him from making necessary moves to lead the country.
Sarkissian’s resignation was accompanied by a statement saying, “I have been thinking for a long time, I have decided to resign from the post of the President of the Republic after working actively for about four years.”
The statement continued saying, “The question may arise as to why the President failed to influence the political events that led us to the current national crisis. The reason is obvious again — the lack of appropriate tools … the Constitution. The roots of some of our potential problems are hidden in the current Basic Law.”
Sarkissian’s resignation comes at a bad time for Armenia as the country is in a tense standoff with its neighbor, Azerbaijan.
In May of 2021, Azerbaijani soldiers crossed into Armenian territory in a continuation of a long-running border dispute. That border dispute got violent in November as troops from both nations were involved in an armed conflict.
The resignation of Sarkissian will certainly have a significant impact on the situation, and it will be worth keeping an eye on Azerbaijan to gauge if they will move to take advantage of Armenia’s internal chaos.
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