Arayik Vladimiri Harutyunyan is an Armenian politician who has been serving as the President of Artsakh since 2020.
11 Facts About Arayik Harutyunyan
Arayik Harutyunyan was formerly the 1st State Minister from 2017 until his resignation in 2018 and 6th and last Prime Minister of the Republic of Artsakh from 2007 until its abolishment upon the adoption of a new constitution in 2017.
Arayik Harutyunyan attended Yerevan State Institute of Economy in 1990 and two years after, in 1992, joined the self-defence forces of Nagorno-Karabakh and took part in the First Nagorno-Karabakh War.
Arayik Harutyunyan started his career at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Artsakh in 1994, serving as assistant to the minister.
Arayik Harutyunyan co-founded the Free Motherland party in 2005 which took part in the 2005 parliamentary election, winning 10 out of 33 seats in the National Assembly of Artsakh.
Arayik Harutyunyan served as the Chairman of Free Motherland and the Free Motherland faction in the National Assembly.
Arayik Harutyunyan headed the Commission on Financial, Budget and Economy Management in the National Assembly.
Arayik Harutyunyan remained in the Sahakyan government and was appointed as State Minister.
Arayik Harutyunyan participated in and won the 2020 Artsakhian general election, thereby becoming the 4th President of Artsakh.
On 1 December 2020, President Arayik Harutyunyan announced that a national unity government would be formed and a number of cabinet officials would be replaced, pending snap elections.
Arayik Harutyunyan announced his intention to leave politics permanently and that he would not run in the coming elections.