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    AFP: Armenia lawmakers elect Armen Sarkisian as country’s president

    Armenia’s parliament on Friday elected diplomat Armen Sarkisian as a largely figurehead president as the Moscow-allied nation transitions to a parliamentary republic with a strong prime minister, AFP reported.
    The ambassador to the United Kingdom garnered 90 votes in the 105-seat legislature, succeeding President Serzh Sarkisian who seeks to extend his grip on power under a new system of governance once he steps down in April. The two men are not related.
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