Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia
Հայաստանի Հանրապետության վարչապետ
Incumbent
Nikol Pashinyan

since 8 May 2018
StyleMr. Prime Minister (formal)
His Excellency (diplomatic, abroad)[1]
StatusHead of government
Member ofCabinet of Armenia
ResidencePrime Minister's Residence
SeatYerevan
AppointerPresident of Armenia, based on appointee's ability to command confidence in the National Assembly
Term lengthNo term limit
Parliamentary elections to the National Assembly are held every five years at most. After election Prime Minister and the Cabinet resigns and the newly elected National Assembly approves the Prime Minister.
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Armenia
Inaugural holderHovhannes Kajaznuni
Vazgen Manukyan (current constitution)
Formation30 June 1918
DeputyDeputy Prime Minister
Salaryannual: AMD 15,079,920[2]
Websitewww.primeminister.am

The prime minister of Armenia is the head of government and most senior minister within the Armenian government, and is required by the constitution to "determine the main directions of policy of the Government, manage the activities of the Government and coordinate the work of the members of the Government." Also, according to the constitution, the prime minister heads the Security Council, which prescribes the main directions of the country's defense policy; thus, the prime minister is effectively the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Armenia.[3] Under the new 2015 constitution, the prime minister is the most powerful and influential person in Armenian politics. The prime minister is appointed by the president of Armenia upon the vote of the National Assembly. The prime minister can be removed by a vote of no confidence in Parliament. In the constitutional referendum held in 2015, citizens voted in favor of transferring Armenia into a parliamentary republic.

The office of prime minister was first established in 1918 with the foundation of the First Republic of Armenia. It vanished when the First Republic of Armenia was incorporated into the Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic. When Armenia regained its independence, the office of prime minister was reintroduced.

Nikol Pashinyan is the current prime minister. He took the office on 8 May 2018 following the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan.

List of heads of government of Armenia

Republic of Armenia (1918–1920)

Prime ministers
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left office
1
Hovhannes Kajaznuni
(1868–1938)
30 June 1918 28 May 1919 HYD
2
Alexander Khatisian
(1874–1945)
28 May 1919 5 May 1920 HYD
3
Hamo Ohanjanyan
(1873–1947)
5 May 1920 25 November 1920 HYD
4
Simon Vratsian
(1882–1969)
25 November 1920 2 December 1920 HYD
Armenia was part of the Soviet Union from 1920 to 1991 (see below)

Transcaucasian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic (1922–1936)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party Title(s)
Took Office Left office
1
Alexander Miasnikian
(1886–1925)
1 January 1921 30 January 1922 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
2
Sargis Lukashin
(1883–1937)
21 May 1922 24 June 1925 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
3 Sargis Hаmbardzumyan
(1870–1944)
24 June 1925 22 March 1928 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
4
Sahak Ter-Gabrielyan
(1886–1937)
22 March 1928 10 February 1935 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
5
Abraham Guloyan
(1893–1938)
10 February 1935 February 1937 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars

Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic (1936–1991)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party Title(s)
Took Office Left office
6 Sargis Hаmbardzumyan
(1870–1944)
February 1937 May 1937 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
7
Stepan Akopyan May 1937 21 September 1937 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
8
Aram Piruzyan
(1907–1996)
23 November 1937 October 1943 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
9
Aghasi Sargsyan
(1905–1971)
October 1943 1946 HKK Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars
1946 29 March 1947 Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
10 Sahak Karapetyan
(1906–1987)
29 March 1947 20 November 1952 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
11
Anton Kochinyan
(1913–1990)
20 November 1952 5 February 1966 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
12
Badal Muradyan
(1915–1991)
5 February 1966 21 November 1972 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
13
Grigory Arzumanyan
(1919–1976)
21 November 1972 28 November 1976 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
G.A. Martirosyan 28 November 1976 17 January 1977 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
14
Fadey Sargsyan
(1923–2010)
17 January 1977 16 January 1989 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
15
Vladimir Markaryants
(1934–2000)
16 January 1989 13 August 1990 HKK Chairmen of the Council of Ministers
16
Vazgen Manukyan
(1946–)
13 August 1990 25 September 1991 AZhM Chairmen of the Council of Ministers

Republic of Armenia (1991–present)

No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party Cabinet
Took Office Left office
1
Vazgen Manukyan
(1946–)
25 September 1991 22 November 1991 AZhM V. Manukyan
2
Gagik Harutyunyan
(1948–)
22 November 1991 30 July 1992 Independent
3 Khosrov Harutyunyan
(1948–)
30 July 1992 2 February 1993 Independent
4
Hrant Bagratyan
(1958–)
2 February 1993 4 November 1996 HHSh
5
Armen Sarkissian
(1953–)
4 November 1996 20 March 1997 Independent
6
Robert Kocharyan
(1954–)
20 March 1997 10 April 1998 Independent
7
Armen Darbinyan
(1964–)
10 April 1998 11 June 1999 Independent
8
Vazgen Sargsyan
(1959–1999)
11 June 1999 27 October 1999[α] HHK
9
Aram Sargsyan
(1961–)
3 November 1999 2 May 2000 HHK
10
Andranik Margaryan
(1949–2007)
12 May 2000 25 March 2007[β] HHK
Serzh Sargsyan
(1954–)
25 March 2007 4 April 2007 HHK
11 4 April 2007 7 April 2008
12
Tigran Sargsyan
(1960–)
9 April 2008 13 April 2014 HHK T. Sargsyan
13
Hovik Abrahamyan
(1959–)
13 April 2014 8 September 2016[4] HHK Abrahamyan
14
Karen Karapetyan
(1963–)
13 September 2016 17 April 2018[5] HHK Karapetyan
15
Serzh Sargsyan
(1954–)
17 April 2018[6] 23 April 2018[7] HHK S. Sargsyan II
Karen Karapetyan (acting)

(1963–)

23 April 2018 8 May 2018 HHK
16
Nikol Pashinyan
(1975–)
8 May 2018 16 October 2018 KP Pashinyan I
Pashinyan II
Pashinyan III
16 October 2018 9 December 2018
(16) 9 December 2018 25 April 2021
25 April 2021 2 August 2021
(16) 2 August 2021 Incumbent

Notes

     α.   ^ Assassinated while in office in the 1999 Armenian parliament shooting.

     β.   ^ Died of heart attack while in office.

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