Ararat Mirzoyan

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Ararat Mirzoyan
Արարատ Միրզոյան
Արարատ Միրզոյանը ռադիոտան մոտ (cropped).jpg
President of the National Assembly of Armenia
Assumed office
14 January 2019
PresidentArmen Sarkissian
Preceded byAra Babloyan
First Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia
In office
11 May 2018 – 12 January 2019
Prime MinisterNikol Pashinyan
Preceded byKaren Karapetyan
Succeeded bypost abolished
Member of the National Assembly of Armenia
In office
2 April 2017 – 11 May 2018
Parliamentary groupWay Out Alliance (Yelk)
ConstituencyElectoral District #3
Yerevan Districts Malatia-Sebastia & Shengavit
Personal details
Born (1979-11-23) November 23, 1979 (age 39)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
NationalityArmenian
Political partyCivil Contract
Children2
Alma materYerevan State University

Ararat Mirzoyan (Armenian: Արարատ Միրզոյան; born 23 November 1979) is an Armenian politician and the current President of the National Assembly of Armenia. As a founding member of the Civil Contract Party,[1] he ran under the Way Out Alliance during the 2017 parliamentary election and was elected to represent the third electoral district, consisting of the Malatia-Sebastia and Shengavit neighbourhoods of Yerevan.

A strong opponent of Serzh Sargsyan, Mirzoyan was instrumental in the 2018 Armenian Velvet Revolution against Sargsyan's transition from President to Prime Minister. Notably, on April 11, 2018, he lit smoke flares during a speech in the National Assembly to call attention to the planned protests, which eventually did result in Sargsyan's resignation.[2]

In May 2018, after Nikol Pashinyan replaced Sargsyan as Prime Minister, Mirzoyan was appointed as First Deputy Prime Minister under the new administration,[3] for which he had to give up his seat in parliament.

Professional career[edit]

Prior to running as a political candidate, Mirzoyan worked at a number of employers in Armenia, including the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, HSBC Bank Armenia, REGNUM News Agency, and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography of Ararat Mirzoyan". National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Up In Smoke: Armenia Lawmakers Ignite Flares In Parliament To Protest Sarkisian Shift". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. April 11, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ararat Mirzoyan: Armenia's New First Deputy Prime Minister". Hetq. May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  4. ^ https://news.am/eng/news/450801.html