President Armen Sarkisian renounced his position as president on Sunday, stating that his office had little or no power in influencing policies in times of crisis.
His office which he has alluded to be mostly ceremonial is unable to implement policies while the country is experiencing some instability.
The country at the moment is in the middle of a war with Azerbaijan which is said to have been a long-standing opposition of the ex-Soviet country.
President Armen Sarkisian’s issue with the state started when Armenia lost territory to the other country in 2020 which ignited rallies and anarchy that caused a dispute between the president and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
On his official website, he claimed his decision was not driven by emotions but by rational deliberation.
He further explained that the president had no power to influence decision making in both the foreign and local categories during the country’s trying time.
Amidst the President’s dispute with the Prime Minister, the Chief of Army Staff was dismissed and the president had declined to append his signature on an order the Prime Minister had given for the Chief of Staff’s dismissal.
Sarkisian explained that they could not respond to dire moments by the constant dissolution of personnel.
He alleged that some politicians in Armenia did not just see his position as ceremonial, but also as a ‘danger’ to their stance in the land controversies the country faces.
According to The Guardian than 6000 people have died in the war going on over land disputes.
Peacekeepers from Russia have been dispatched to the country to assist.
The parliament is moving to vote to decide on who the next president will be in 35 days.
The parliament at the moment is dominated by parties that convey political affiliation to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.