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President of Artsakh

President of the Republic of Artsakh
Արցախի հանրապետության նախագահ  (Armenian)
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Bako Sahakyan

since 7 September 2007
Residence Presidential Palace
Seat Stepanakert
Appointer Direct popular vote
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Robert Kocharyan
Formation 29 December 1994
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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. On 19 July 2017 the National Assembly voted to elect the President for the next three years until the next general election which will be held in 2020.[1] The incumbent, Bako Sahakyan, was re-elected. If it wasn’t for the amendment to the constitution, he would have had to step down in 2017 after serving two consecutive five-year terms.

List of Heads of State (1992–present)

Chairmen of the Supreme Council (1992–1994)

Tenure Party
Took Office Left Office
1 Artur Mkrtchyan
7 January 1992 14 April 1992 Independent
Georgi Petrosian
Acting Chairman
15 April 1992 14 June 1993 Independent
Karen Baburyan
Acting Chairman
14 June 1993 29 December 1994 Independent

Presidents (1994–present)

Picture Name


Elected Term of Office Party
Took Office Left Office
1 Robert Kocharyan.jpg Robert Kocharyan
1996 29 December 1994 20 March 1997 Independent
No image.png Leonard Petrosyan
20 March 1997 8 September 1997 Independent
2 No image.png Arkadi Ghukasyan


8 September 1997 7 September 2007 Independent
3 Bako Sahakyan.jpg Bako Sahakyan



7 September 2007 Incumbent Independent

Latest election

e • d Summary of the 19 July 2012 Nagorno-Karabakh presidential election results
Candidate Votes %
Bako Sahakyan 47,085 64.65
Vitaly Balasanyan 22,966 31.53
Arkady Soghomonyan 594 0.81
Blank or invalid 2,188 3.00
Total votes cast 72,833 100.00
Turnout 72,833 73.64
Abstention 26,076 26.36
Total eligible voters 98,909 100.00
Source: Panorama, RIA Novosti

See also