President Sarkisian congratulated Sarkissian on his election as President of the Republic, wished him success, and expressed confidence that the coming years for Armenia would be the years of best achievements.
At a meeting today in Yerevan of Armenia's National Security Council, President Serzh Sargsyan noted the lack of progress exhibited by Turkey on the matter of normalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries. A quarter of the parliamentary votes were necessary to nominate a candidate for the presidency.
The outgoing president is widely expected to become prime minister later in April.
Ninety lawmakers voted in favor of the 64-year-old Sarkissian, a former prime minister and now the country's ambassador to the United Kingdom; 10 voted against; and one lawmaker abstained.
According to Interfax, for the position was chosen by the former Prime Minister, Ambassador to great Britain Armen Sargsyan.
The election also marks a major power shift. Many Armenians accuse the government of corruption and mishandling the economy.
Opposition leaders accuse Sarksyan of planning to move into the post of prime minister to continue ruling Armenia.
"In the early '90s, we had a single goal: to win the war imposed on us and the polarization was not so visible", he said, referring to the war that began when Armenian-backed forces in Azerbaijan's Nagorno Karabakh region declared independence.
A physicist and mathematician by education, Sarkissian worked at the Cambridge University when he was appointed as newly independent Armenia's first ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1991.