State and Church symbols transferred from Presidential Residence to venue of inauguration ceremony
In accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, the President of the Republic of Armenia assumes office at a special sitting of the National Assembly by taking the oath of office to the nation.
The National Assembly has convened a special sitting on April 9 at Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex for the ceremonious inauguration of the President of the Republic of Armenia.
According to the standing tradition, prior to the inauguration ceremony, accompanied by the Guard of Honor, State and Church symbols are brought into the hall of ceremony.
Earlier today, the original copy of RA Constitution from the Constitutional Court, and a 7th century Gospel from Matenadaran were taken to the Presidential Palace.
The President’s adjutants handed over the RA State Flag and the Emblem of Presidential Power to the Guard of Honor. President of the Constitutional Court Hrayr Tovmasyan handed the copy of RA Constitution to Constitutional Court member Arevik Petrosyan, and Director of Matenadaran Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan handed the 7th century Gospel to Bishop Hovnan Hakobyan.
Then, the RA State Flag, the Emblem of Presidential Power, the original copy of RA Constitution and the Holy Gospel were transferred to the venue of inauguration ceremony.
The President-elect takes the oath of office by putting his right hand on the Holy Gospel and the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, reading out the following text: “Assuming the office of President of the Republic of Armenia, I swear to be loyal to the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia, be impartial in the exercise of my powers, be guided only by public and national interests, and to do everything in my power in order to strengthen national unity.”