Armenian President Armen Sarkissian. AFP
Armen Sarkissian was chosen as president by the national parliament in 2018 as Armenia was transitioning from a presidential system of government to a parliamentary one.
He was recommended for the job by outgoing President Serzh Sargsyan.
In his resignation statement Sunday, Sarkissian said when he decided to take the post, ``I was relying on the proposal made to me, according to which the new presidential institution will have tools, opportunities to influence foreign policy, economic, investment policy.''
But, he said, ``the president does not have the necessary tools.''
Under the system of government begun in 2018, the president is head of state but is largely a figurehead.
After Sarkissian was inaugurated as president, Sargsyan was named prime minister. But that move to remain the country's leader sparked mass protests and he resigned a week later.
Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan became prime minister.