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    Armenia Government - 2002

      Country name
      conventional long form: Republic of Armenia
      conventional short form: Armenia
      local short form: Hayastan
      former: Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic; Armenian Republic
      local long form: Hayastani Hanrapetut'yun

      Government type republic

      Capital Yerevan

      Administrative divisions 11 provinces (marzer, singular - marz); Aragatsotn, Ararat, Armavir, Geghark'unik', Kotayk', Lorri, Shirak, Syunik', Tavush, Vayots' Dzor, Yerevan

      Independence 21 September 1991 (from Soviet Union)

      National holiday Independence Day, 21 September (1991)

      Constitution adopted by nationwide referendum 5 July 1995

      Legal system based on civil law system

      Suffrage 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch
      chief of state: President Robert KOCHARIAN (since 30 March 1998)
      head of government: Prime Minister Andranik MARKARYAN (since 12 May 2000)
      cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the prime minister
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term; special election last held 30 March 1998 (next to be held NA March 2003); prime minister appointed by the president
      election results: Robert KOCHARIAN elected president; percent of vote - Robert KOCHARIAN 59.5%, Karen DEMIRCHYAN 40.5%

      Legislative branch unicameral National Assembly (Parliament) or Azgayin Zhoghov (131 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
      elections: last held 30 May 1999 (next to be held in the spring of 2003)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - Unity Bloc 61 (Republican Party 41, People's Party of Armenia 20), Stability Group (independent Armenian deputies who have formed a bloc) 21, ACP 10, ARF (Dashnak) 8, Law and Unity Party 7, NDU 6, Law-Governed Party 6, independents 10, unfilled 2; note - seats by party change frequently

      Judicial branch Supreme Court; Constitutional Court

      Political parties and leaders Agro-Technical People's Group (formerly Stability Group) [Hmayk HOVHANISSIAN]; Armenian Communist Party or ACP [Vladimir DARBINYAN]; Armenia Democratic Party [Armen SARGSIAN]; Armenian Revolutionary Federation ("Dashnak" Party) or ARF [Hrant MARKARYAN]; Christian Democratic Union or CDU [Azat ARSHAKYN, chairman]; Constitutional Rights Union [Hrant KHACHATRYAN]; Democratic Liberal Party/Ramkvar Azatakyan or DL/RA [Ruben MIRZAKHANIAN, chairman]; Law and Unity Party [Artashes GEGAMIAN, chairman]; Law-Governed Party [Artur BAGDASARIAN, chairman]; National Accord Front [Ashot MANUTCHARIAN]; National Democratic Alliance [Arshak ZADOYAN]; National Democratic Party [Shavarsh KOCHARIAN]; National Democratic Union or NDU [Vazgen MANUKIAN]; Pan-Armenian National Movement or PANM [Alex ARZOUMANYAN]; People's Democratic Party [Gagik ASLANYAN]; People's Deputies Group [Hovhannes HOVHANISSIAN]; People's Party of Armenia [Stepan DEMIRCHYAN]; Republic Party [Aram SARGSIAN]; Republican Party or RPA [Andranik MARKARYAN]; Shamiram Women's Movement or SWM [Shogher MATEVOSIAN]; Social Democratic (Hunchak) Party [Yeghia SHAMSHAYN]; Social Democratic Union (formerly National Self-Determination Union) [Paruyr HAYRIKIAN]; Twenty-first Century Party [David SHAKHNAZARIAN]; Unity Bloc [Stepan DEMIRCHIAN and Andranik MARKARYAN] (a coalition of the Republican Party and People's Party of Armenia); Yerkrapah Union [Manval GRIGORYAN]

      Political pressure groups and leaders NA

      International organization participation BSEC, CCC, CE, CIS, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, ESCAP, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, NAM (observer), OAS (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO (observer)

      Diplomatic representation in the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador Arman KIRAKOSIAN
      consulate(s) general: Los Angeles
      FAX: [1] (202) 319-2982
      telephone: [1] (202) 319-1976
      chancery: 2225 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Diplomatic representation from the US
      chief of mission: Ambassador John M. ORDWAY
      embassy: 18 Baghramyan Ave., Yerevan 375019
      mailing address: American Embassy Yerevan, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-7020
      telephone: [374](1) 521-611, 543-900
      FAX: [374](1) 520-800, 542-152

      Flag description three equal horizontal bands of red (top), blue, and orange

      NOTE: The information regarding Armenia on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Armenia Government 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Armenia Government 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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