Bako Sahakyan was on Thursday (7 September) sworn in for another term as president of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR). The ceremony was held in the territory's parliament in Stepanakert.
Nagorno-Karabakh is formally recognised as part of Azerbaijan by the international community, but the Armenian population of the territory seceded during the conflict in the 1990s. The Azerbaijani population of the territory was displaced as a result of the conflict.
Sahakyan was elected president for a third term by the parliament of the territory on 19 July. He will serve until 2020, when a new president will be elected by popular vote among the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. In his inauguration speech Sahakyan was quoted as saying, “Over the past years, we have carried out and are carrying out a mission aimed at keeping the Armenian people’s honor high. We will do everything to keep the Armenian people’s honor and dignity high in the future, too.”
source: commonspace.eu with agencies
photo: The inauguration of the president of the self-declared Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Bako Sahakyan, on 7 September 2017.
A Russian state TV exit poll gave him 73.9% of the vote. The victory was widely predicted and marks an increase in his share of the vote from 2012, when he won 64%. The exit poll put the turnout at 63.7%, down on 2012, and the lowest in a presidential election in Russia since 1991
Incumbent president Vladimir Putin cast his vote on Sunday morning at polling station number 2151 in the Russian Academy of Sciences on Moscow's Kosygina Street. Eight candidates are running for the highest office in the Russian Federation.