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Hovik Abrahamyan has been elected to the post of the Armenian National Assembly Chairman with 102 votes "for" and 4 votes "against", ArmInfo's correspondent reports. Another four ballots were recognized invalid. A total of 110 parliamentarians participated in the voting.
Previously Hovik Abrahamyan occupied the post of the parliament speaker in the period of Sept 29 2008 to Nov 14 2011 when he officially filed in his resignation to head the RPA Electoral Campaign Headquarters during the parliamentary elections of May 6.
Abrahamyan was on the second position in the RPA's ticket, as the given position traditionally belongs to the speakers. RPA gained 69 seats in the 131-seat parliament and an opportunity to independently form the parliament leadership and the government staff.
Hovik Abrahamyan was born on 24 January 1958 in Mkhchyan village, Ararat Marz of Armenia. He is married and has three children and five grandchildren. Abrahamyan graduated from the Armenian State University of Economics and hold different managerial positions in brandy business till 1995. Abrahamyan served as a Member of Parliament of the first convocation of Armenian Parliament from 1995 to 1999. He was again elected to serve as an MP on August 24, 2008 and as the Speaker of Parliament on September 29, 2008. On November 21, 2011 Hovik Abrahamyan resigned as the Speaker (while staying as a Member of the Parliament) and Samvel Nikoyan was elected instead to serve as the Speaker. In the years 2000 to 2008 Hovik Abrahamyan held the position of Minister of Territorial Administration of Armenia. He also held the position of Armenian Vice Prime Minister in 2007-2008. Briefly he served as the Secretary General of Armenian Presidential Staff. Hovik Abrahamyan has served as the Mayor of Artashat
(1996-1998) and as the Marzpet of Ararat Marz (1998-2000). He is a Member of the Security Council of Armenia, the Chairman of the board of Armenian State University of Economics and a Member of the Board of Yerevan State University.