The inauguration ceremony of the president of the Artsakh Republic took place during the special meeting of the National Assembly of Artsakh on September 7.
Speaker of the Artsakh National Assembly Ashot Ghulyan made an opening speech.
With his hand on the original Constitution of the Republic of Artsakh and the oldest surviving complete manuscript – a 7th century Bible – the President took an oath of office:
“Assuming the office of the President of the Republic of Artsakh I swear: to fulfill the requirements of the Constitution in an unreserved manner; to respect the fundamental human and civil rights and freedoms; to ensure the protection, independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic to the glory of the Republic of Artsakh and to the welfare of the people of the Republic of Artsakh”.
Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh of the Armenian Apostolic Church held blessing ceremony, afterwards congratulated Bako Sahakyan.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Bako Sahakyan made a speech in the Parliament where he specifically said that during the special session convened by the National Assembly on July 19, he had made a speech as a presidential candidate, presenting the views and approaches of the political forces who supported him and his candidacy in the direction of raising the welfare of the citizens.
“In that speech, I particularly touched upon the issues of army building, the consistent increase of the combat spirit and preparedness of our armed forces ,the solution of social issues of servicemen. I have especially paid special attention to the work that we are going to do in the future to protect democratic processes and human rights.
I pointed out the works we are going to implement in different sectors of the economy – energy, mining, agriculture, urban development. I have presented the state policy in the future.
I have specifically mentioned the steps to be taken to develop the education system that is of strategic importance, our culture, tourism, sports, modern technologies and social life. Today, I want to express my conviction that with joint efforts we are able to accomplish conscious, consistent work, for implementing the mentioned programs and tasks,” Bako Sahakyan said.
Subsequently, NA Speaker Ashot Ghoulyan said that the assumption of the office by the Artsakh Republic President is a unique summary of the processes initiated by the new Constitution of the Republic of Artsakh .
“With today’s solemn event a new political stage is being launched in our country, the main goal of which is to increase the effectiveness of the public administration system, taking into account the realities,” Ghoulyan said.
The ceremony was attended by high-ranking officials of the country.