Vahgen Khachaturian, fifth President of the Republic of Armenia

Vahgen Khachaturian, Armenian politician, was born in 1959. Before assuming the presidency of Armenia in March 2022, he held several administrative positions in commercial institutions and the Armenian National Congress party.

In addition to being a prominent Armenian politician, he is considered a prominent Armenian politician. An author and creator, he has numerous scientific and professional publications and articles in the fields of economics and politics.

Birth, upbringing and educational training

Vahgen Garniki Khachaturian was born on April 22, 1959 in the city of Sisyan in the Syunik province of Armenia.

He received his formal education and graduated from Yerevan High School in 1976 with a gold medal.

Between 1976 and 1980, he studied popular economics at the Yerevan Institute, and graduated with the qualification of “Economist”.

Vahgen Khachaturian served in the Soviet Army for two years from 1980 to 1982.

epa09798928 Armenia's newly elected President Vahgan Khachaturian speaks during a parliament session following his election in Yerevan, Armenia on March 03, 2022.  Vahgan Khachaturian was elected as the fifth President of Armenia on 03 March, receiving 71 votes in the second round of the parliamentary vote.  On January 23, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian resigned, with the parliament approving the decision on February 1.  The President of Armenia is elected by the Parliament for a term of seven years.  EPA-EFE/STR
Armenia's President Vagan Khachaturian after his election in the Armenian capital Yerevan on March 3, 2022 (Associated Press)

Professional and political career

In 1982, Khachaturian began working at the Hrazdan Mykina Production Association, where he was appointed economist and head of the economic research laboratory.

In the period between 1989 and 1992, he worked at the Mars factory as head of a department, then deputy general manager of the factory.

Khachaturian began his social and political activity in 1988. He was elected as a deputy of the Yerevan City Council from 1990 to 1995, then as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the City Council, and then as its Mayor.

In 1995, he was elected as a deputy in the first session of the National Assembly (Parliament) of Armenia and a member of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Budget, Financial, Credit and Economic Issues.

Khachaturian then worked as an advisor to the President of the Republic of Armenia between 1996 and 1998.

In 2000, he contributed to the establishment of the Center for Radical Democracy and Civil Society Development, and he was also one of the founding members of the “Al-Badil” social and political initiative in 2006.

In 2013, he joined the Armenian National Congress party, where he held the position of Chairman of the Economic Committee, where he remained until February 2022.

Between 2019 and 2021, Khachaturian was a member of the board of directors of OJSC Armiconomobank, and was then appointed Minister of High-Tech Industry of the Republic of Armenia on August 4, 2021.

Inauguration of the new President of Armenia Vahan Khachaturian.Yerevan.K.Demirchyan Sports Complex.13.03.2022
Vahgen Khachaturian during his inauguration ceremony as President of Armenia (French)

Vahgen is the President of Armenia

On March 3, 2022, Khachaturian was elected President of Armenia in a special session of the parliament, thus becoming the fifth President of the republic.

Vahgen received the majority of votes in parliament, as he was the ruling party's candidate, and the two opposition factions did not vote for him and did not support his candidacy.

The former President of Armenia submitted his resignation on the evening of January 23, 2022, and stated that his decision was “not emotional, but the result of a crisis in the country that he was unable to overcome, because he did not do so.” “There are real tools to bring about change.”

This is due to the fact that the Armenian Constitution was amended in 2015, and the country's semi-presidential form of government was replaced by a parliamentary form, so the post of President became representative, and the administration of the country shifted to . To the Prime Minister.

On the eve of his election as president, Khachaturian said it was important for him that the opposition participate in the elections.

relations with russia

Vahgen Khachaturian is one of the prominent figures who attended the International Economic Forum held in Russia in June 2022, with almost no Western participation, and sat next to speakers in the Russian Parliament during the main plenary session of the forum, which included Also included was a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Khachaturian said that the economic policies adopted by the Russian authorities have contributed to curbing inflation, enabling the local economy to continue its growth.

Khachaturian praised Putin's role in abiding by the ceasefire and peace efforts that stopped the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in 2020. “I believe the Armenian people appreciate your efforts to resolve the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh,” he said.

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