National Assembly

Ազգային ժողով

Azgayin Zhoghov
7th convocation of the National Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
History
FoundedNovember 28, 1991 (1991-11-28)
DisbandedJanuary 1, 2024 (2024-01-01)
Leadership
Vice-President
Gagik Baghunts, United Motherland
since 21 May 2020
Structure
Seats33
Political groups
Government (16)
  •   Free Motherland - UCA Alliance (16)

Government support (8)

Opposition (9)

Elections
Party-list proportional representation
Last election
31 March 2020
Meeting place
2, 20 February st., Stepanakert
Website
http://www.nankr.am/en

The National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh (Armenian: Արցախի Հանրապետության Ազգային ժողով, romanizedArtsakhi Hanrapetut'yan Azgayin zhoghov; often shortened: Ազգային ժողով, ԱԺ, Azgayin zhoghov, AZh) was the legislative branch of the government of the former Republic of Artsakh.

Plans were in place to move the National Assembly from Stepanakert to Shusha on 9 May 2022 to mark the 30th anniversary of the capture of Shusha,[2][3] but the city came under the control of Azerbaijan during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War.

Following an Azerbaijani offensive on 19 September 2023, Artsakh agreed to dissolve itself by 1 January 2024, as de jure.[4]

In early March 2024, Azerbaijani authorities demolished the National Assembly of Artsakh building.[5][6]

Electoral system

The constitution of Artsakh, amended in 2017, stated that all members to National Assembly shall be elected for a five-year term through a proportional electoral system. The National Assembly had to be composed of no less than 27 and no more than 33 MPs. The number of the MPs had to be defined by the Electoral Code.[7]

Prior to the passing of the 2017 constitutional referendum, the National Assembly had 33 members, 22 of whom (17 before 2015) were elected using party-list proportional representation, and the rest elected in single seat constituencies using first-past-the-post voting.

Last election

Main article: 2020 Artsakhian general election

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Free Motherland - UCA Alliance30,01540.8016+1
United Motherland17,68324.049New
Justice5,8677.983New
Armenian Revolutionary Federation4,7586.473–4
Democratic Party of Artsakh4,3145.862–4
New Artsakh Alliance3,3854.600New
National Revival2,1752.9600
Artsakh Conservative Party2,1562.930New
Artsakh Revolutionary Party1,3251.800New
United Armenia Party9301.260New
Generation of Independence Party5510.750New
Communist Party of Artsakh4020.5500
Total73,561100.00330
Valid votes73,56196.82
Invalid/blank votes2,4193.18
Total votes75,980100.00
Registered voters/turnout104,86672.45
Source: CEC, Armenanews

Committees

The National Assembly had 7 standing committees:

See also

References

  1. ^ "ARF's Davit Ishkanyan Elected Artsakh Parliament Speaker". Archived from the original on 2023-09-03. Retrieved 2023-09-02.
  2. ^ "Сепаратисты объявили о переносе "парламента" в Шушу". 19 September 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  3. ^ "Резиденцию парламента Арцаха перенесут в город-крепость Шуши". Archived from the original on 2020-10-19. Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  4. ^ "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic will cease to exist from Jan 1 2024 - Nagorno-Karabakh authorities". Reuters. 2023-09-28. Archived from the original on 2023-09-28. Retrieved 2023-09-28.
  5. ^ "Azerbaijanis Destroy Artsakh National Assembly Building". The Armenian Report. 2024-03-04. Retrieved 2024-03-05.
  6. ^ "Azerbaijanis destroy Karabakh parliament building". News.am. 2024-03-04. Retrieved 2024-03-05.
  7. ^ Article 107 Archived 2017-11-05 at the Wayback Machine Constitution of the Republic of Artsakh
  8. ^ Committees Archived 2020-10-17 at the Wayback Machine Official website of the National Assembly of the Republic of Artsakh