|President of the Republic of Artsakh
Արցախի հանրապետության նախագահ (Armenian)
|Status||Head of state|
Head of government
|Appointer||Direct popular vote|
|Term length||5 years, renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||Robert Kocharyan|
|Formation||29 December 1994|
The president of Artsakh is the head of state and head of government of the de facto Republic of Artsakh.
In a constitutional referendum held in 2017, citizens of the Republic voted in favor of transforming Artsakh into a presidential system.
Former Prime Minister and State Minister Arayik Harutyunyan is the incumbent president elected in 2020 Artsakhian general election.
As a republic with presidential system, Artsakh grants significant power to the President who controls the executive branch, represents the country abroad and appoints the ministers. The president is also the commander-in-chief of the Artsakh Defense Army and has the right to appoint and dismiss the supreme command of the armed forces and other troops.
Article 93 of the current constitution determines the functions of the president based on which the president:
The Constitution of Artsakh requires that the President should be at least 35-years-old, being a citizen of only of the Republic of Artsakh for the preceding ten years and having resided permanently only in Artsakh at least preceding ten years.
The president is elected in a five year term and can be reelected only once.
|Elected||Took Office||Left Office||Time In Office||Party|
|7 January 1992||14 April 1992||98 days||ARF|
|15 April 1992||14 June 1993||1 year, 60 days||ARF|
|14 June 1993||29 December 1994||1 year, 198 days||Independent|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|29 December 1994||20 March 1997||2 years, 81 days||Independent||1996|
|20 March 1997||8 September 1997||172 days||Independent||–|
|8 September 1997||7 September 2007||10 years||Independent||1997|
|7 September 2007||21 May 2020||12 years, 257 days||Independent||2007|
|21 May 2020||Incumbent||1 year, 31 days||Free Motherland||2020|
Main article: 2020 Artsakhian general election
|Candidate||Party / Alliance||First round||Second round|
|Arayik Harutyunyan||Free Motherland - UCA Alliance||36,076||49.17||39,860||88.01|
|David Ishkhanyan||Armenian Revolutionary Federation||1,873||2.55|
|Ashot Ghulian||Democratic Party of Artsakh||1,683||2.29|
|Hayk Khanumyan||National Revival||962||1.31|
|Vahan Badasyan||United Armenia Party||743||1.01|
|David Babayan||Artsakh Conservative Party||587||0.80|
|Ruslan Israelyan||Generation of Independence Party||371||0.51|
|Source: CEC, CEC|