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Politics of Artsakh

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Politics of Artsakh takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Artsakh is the head of state and the Prime Minister of Artsakh is the head of government, and of a multi-party system; as of 2009, American-based non-governmental organisation Freedom House ranks the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic above both Armenia and Azerbaijan in terms of political and civil rights123 Executive power is exercised by the government Legislative power is vested in both the Government and the National Assembly The republic is de facto independent and de jure a part of Azerbaijan None of the elections in Nagorno-Karabakh are recognised by international bodies such as the OSCE Minsk Group, the European Union and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, as well as numerous individual countries, such as Azerbaijan and Turkey, who also condemned and called them a source of increased tensions456


  • 1 Executive branch
  • 2 Legislative branch
  • 3 Recent elections
    • 31 2015 parliamentary election
    • 32 2012 presidential election
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Executive branchedit

Main office holders
Office Name Party Since
President Bako Sahakyan Independent 7 September 2007
Prime Minister Arayik Harutyunyan Free Motherland 14 September 2007

The President is directly elected for a five-year term, by the people The Prime Minister is appointed by the President and approved by the National Assembly

Legislative branchedit

The NKR Presidential Palace

The National Assembly Azgayin Zhoghov has 33 members elected for a five-year term, 16 in single seat constituencies and the remaining 17 by proportional representation Nagorno-Karabakh has a multi-party system, with numerous political parties in which no one party often has a chance of gaining power alone, and parties must work with each other to form coalition governments

Recent electionsedit

2015 parliamentary electionedit

Main article: Nagorno-Karabakh parliamentary election, 2015 e  d Summary of the 3 May 2015 National Assembly of Nagorno-Karabakh election results
Party Party-list Constituency Total
Votes  % Seats Seats  %
Free Motherland 32,632 4735 11 4 15 1
Democratic Party 13,105 1910 4 2 6 1
ARF 12,965 1881 4 3 7 1
Movement 88 4,778 693 2 2 2
National Revival 3,709 538 1 1 1
Communist Party of Artsakh 1,136 165
Peace and Development 591 086
Non-partisans/Independents 2 2 4
Invalid votes 3,380
Total 72,296 10000 22 11 10000 33
Electorate and turnout: 102,042 7088
Source: CEC, CEC, Caucasian Knot

2012 presidential electionedit

Main article: Nagorno-Karabakh presidential election, 2012 e  d Summary of the 19 July 2012 Nagorno-Karabakh presidential election results
Candidate Votes %
Bako Sahakyan 47,085 6465
Vitaly Balasanyan 22,966 3153
Arkady Soghomonyan 594 081
Blank or invalid 2,188 300
Total votes cast 72,833 10000
Turnout 72,833 7364
Abstention 26,076 2636
Total eligible voters 98,909 10000
Source: Panorama, RIA Novosti

See alsoedit

  • Electoral calendar
  • Electoral system
  • Foreign relations of Artsakh
  • Europe portal
  • Politics portal


  1. ^ freedomhouseorg: Map of Freedom in the World, Freedom House, 2009
  2. ^ freedomhouseorg: Map of Freedom in the World, Freedom House, 2009
  3. ^ freedomhouseorg: Map of Freedom in the World, Freedom House, 2009
  4. ^ "EU does not recognize ‘elections’ in Nagorno Karabakh" NewsAz 1 May 2015 Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  5. ^ Mustafa Pazarlı "US will not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh's elections" Videonewsus Retrieved 7 June 2016 
  6. ^ Mushvig Mehdiyev "OIC condemns "elections" in Nagorno-Karabakh as illegal" AzerNewsaz Retrieved 7 June 2016 

External linksedit

  • The Republic Of Nagrono Karabakh Central Electoral Commission

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