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H.E. Bako Sahakian
President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic

H.E. Bako Sahakian, President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic

Bako Sahakian was born on August 30, 1960 in Stepanakert, Artsakh. After graduating from the high school, he served in the Soviet Army.

Mr. Sahakyan began his working carrier in 1981 as a machine tool technician at the Stepanakert Automated Production Shop. The following year, he was transferred to the Construction Materials Enterprise to be a quarry worker. For the next four years, Mr. Sahakyan worked as a restoration specialist at the Stepanakert branch of the Scientific Department on Ancient Monuments. He then continued as a procurer at the NK Regional Procurement Administration.

Since 1988, Bako Sahakyan has been known as one of the pioneers of the Artsakh Liberation Movement. In 1990, he joined Artsakh’s self-defense forces. Since 1992, Mr. Sahakian held various leadership positions, including:

1992-1993 Deputy Commander (Rear Services) of the NKR Self Defense Committee
1993-1995 Commander of the NKR Defense Army’s Rear Staff
1995-1996 Deputy Commander of the Defense Army on Foreign Relations
1996-1997 Deputy Commander (Rear Services) of the 10th Highland Infantry Division
1997 -1999 Assistant to the Minister of Interior and National Security of Armenia
1999-2001 NKR Minister of the Interior (currently NKR Police)
2001-2007 Head of the NKR State Department of National Security (Director of NKR National Security Service)

On July 19, 2007 Bako Sahakyan received 85% of votes in the NKR Presidential Election (www.elections.nkr.am/eng/rezultaty.htm) and on September 7 was sworn in as President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, Artsakh. (www.elections.nkr.am/eng/Nablyud_eng.htm)

On July 19, 2012, incumbent President Bako Sahakyan was re-elected for a second five-year term, receiving around two-third of the votes.

President Sahakyan is decorated with many orders and medals, including the “Battle Cross” Order of 1st degree, the “Sparapet Vazgen Sargsian” Order, “For Service to Fatherland” Medal of 1st degree and the Russian Federation’s “Peter the Great” Order of 1st degree. He is a Member of the Russian Academy of Security, Defense and Law. Mr. Sahakyan holds a law degree from the Artsakh State University.

Bako Sahakyan is married and has two children.

H.E. Arkady Ghoukasian,
President of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, 1997-2007

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