Armenian president resigns citing insufficient constitutional authorization

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Armenian President Armen Sarkissian says he’s resigning over what he calls lack of influence during difficult times. In a statement posted on his official website, Sarkissian said, the decision is not emotionally-driven, and comes from a specific logic. He said the president does not have the necessary tools to influence policy during times of national crisis. Sarkissian was elected president in March 2018. Last year, he was in a standoff with prime minister Nikol Pashinyan over a number of issues, including the dismissal of the head of the armed forces. That standoff broke out in the wake of a war between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan for control of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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