Became known, who became President of Armenia

Armenia's Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian and then Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu sign the protocols in Switzerland on Oct. 10 2010

The president was previously selected through a direct popular vote by the public.

"Dear Mr. Sarkissian, I sincerely congratulate you on your election as Armenia's President". It was not clear who they are. He declared with sarcasm that there are "hidden Yelk members" in the ruling party's ranks. "Work which is in fact the continuation of the years of the first, second and your presidency of the Republic", Dr. Sarkissian told the president.

Sarkissian succeeds Serzh Sarksyan, who opposition leaders say could now become prime minister.

According to the country's new constitutional laws, parliament now elect the president to a single seven-year term.

Sarkissian's first trip outside of Armenia since being nominated was to Russian Federation, where he met with community representatives and church leaders.

So far, parliaments in more than 20 countries, including Germany, have voted in laws or resolutions explicitly recognising the Armenian "genocide".

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Outgoing Sarksyan became president in 2008 and nominated former prime minister Sarkissian to succeed him in January.

He also visited the Diaspora communities in Vienna and Beirut, but interestingly not the United States, specifically Los Angeles, which houses the largest concentration of Armenians outside Armenia. He has pledged, among other things, to strive to heal what he sees as serious divisions existing within the Armenian society.

The border between the two countries has remained closed since Armenia gained independence following the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.

On October 10, 2009 in Zurich, the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Turkey - Edward Nalbandian and Ahmet Davutoglu - signed the "Protocol on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey" and "Protocol on development of relations between of the Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey".

His second ambassadorial stint was cut short in 1999 by then President Robert Kocharian. He was appointed as Armenian ambassador to Britain for a third time in 2013.

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