Armenian parliament to elect president in March

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Armenia’s parliament will hold a vote in March to elect a new president, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was quoted as saying on Thursday, after the previous president, Armen Sarkissian, resigned last month.

The role of prime minister is seen as more powerful than that of president in the Caucasian nation of 3 million which is closely allied with Russia.

The ruling parliamentary majority has nominated Vahagn Khachaturyan, currently minister of high-tech industry, for presidency, the Interfax news agency reported.

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