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Armenian president quits, citing office’s inability to affect policy during crisis

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian announces that he is resigning his largely symbolic position, citing the inability of his office to influence policy during times of national crisis.

“I thought for a very long time and have decided to resign after four years of active work as president,” Sarkissian says in a statement, which adds that “the president does not have the necessary tools to influence the important processes of foreign and domestic policy in difficult times for the people and the country.”

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