May 21, a special sitting of the Republic of Artsakh National Assembly chaired by the NA President Artur Harutyunyan and Vice-President Gagik Baghunts, was held at the Shushi Culture and Youth Center to mark the inauguration of the Araik Harutyunyan, the newly elected President of the Republic of Artsakh.
The state flag of the Artsakh Republic, the main copy of the Constitution and the Gospel of the 17th century were brought to the hall to the sound of the military march at the special sitting.
Then, in accordance with the law, President Araik Harutyunyan swore an oath to the people, noting: «Assuming the post of the President of the Artsakh Republic, I swear to unconditionally follow the requirements of the Constitution, respect the human and civil rights and freedoms, to ensure the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and security of the Republic for the glory of the Artsakh Republic and the benefit of the people of Artsakh. »
After the inauguration ceremony, the state anthem of the Artsakh Republic was sounded, followed by the blessing of the Primate of the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan to the newly elected President of the Republic of Artsakh.
Expressing gratitude to the participants of the sitting, the President of the Artsakh Republic Araik Harutyunyan made a speech, where he pointed out the achievements of the Artsakh Republic during 28 years, considering the victory in May symbolic, especially the opportunity to assume the post of President in Shushi.
«I am simply not only the Head of the party, but the President of the State… That means that I am the president of every citizen of free Artsakh, the President of Artsakh, who embodies the dignity and pride of all Armenians, one of the main guarantors of the realization of our great and incredible national dreams ... Therefore, I am ready and obliged to take responsibility for all, responsibility for the proper fulfillment of the powers vested in the Constitution of the Artsakh Republic», underlined the Republic of Artsakh President.
Summing up his speech, the newly elected President swore by great ancestors, in memory of heroic Armenians, for the future generations to do his best to fulfill the functions of the President of the Artsakh Republic guided by the Constitution of the Artsakh Republic, the mentioned principles, the Armenian national aspirations and his conscience.
On behalf of the Artsakh NA and on his own behalf, NA President Artur Tovmasyan congratulated Araik Harutyunyan on his election as President of the Republic and wished him success in the glory of the country and the well-being of the people of Artsakh.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan and his wife Anna Hakobyan, the second and third presidents of the Republic of Artsakh, Arkady Ghukasyan and Bako Sahakyan, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan, the President of the National Assembly of the 6th convocation Ashot Ghoulyan, representatives of the RA political parties and business figures took part in the special sitting of the National Assembly.
The video of the special session is available by the following link.