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Karabakh: Leader Starts Third Term As Region Consolidates Presidential Power

Bako Sahakyan at his inauguration ceremony for his third term as president of the de facto Nagorno Karabakh Republic. (photo: nkr.am)

It’s the same leader, but a changing political system. On September 7, Bako Sahakyan was inaugurated for a third term in office as president of the unrecognized Nagorno Karabakh Republic.

But the political structure he's presiding over is undergoing potentially far-reaching shifts. Sahakyan will serve a three-year transitional term until 2020, when the unrecognized republic transitions from a semi-presidential to a presidential political system. (No state recognizes Karabakh's statehood; most of the world recognizes it as legally part of Azerbaijan, but Armenian forces have controlled the territory since winning a war in the early 1990s.)

Karabakh's de facto parliament reelected Sahakyan on July 19, 2017. Backed by the Free Motherland, Dashnaktsutyun, and Democracy parties, he received 28 of 32 parliamentarians’ votes to handily beat his only competitor, Eduard Agabekyan of the Movement-88 party.

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