Armenia’s New President Sworn-In



April 9 2008

MOSCOW, April 9 (Xinhua) — Armenia’s new President Serzh Sargsyan
was sworn-in Wednesday, and named central bank chief Tigran Sarksyan
as Prime Minister of the Caucasus state.

Sargsyan was elected president in the Feb. 19 elections, which were
followed by opposition protests and a state of emergency.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at a special parliamentary
session in a theater of the capital Yerevan, according to reports
reaching here.

Sargsyan was Armenian prime minister before defeating the other eight
candidates in the elections.

A mountainous country with about three million people, Armenia has
seen repeated political violence and post-election protests since
gaining its independence with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
From: Baghdasarian

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