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
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.