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Vazgen Manukyan

Vazgen Manukyan
Prime Minister of Armenia
In office
13 August 1990 – 22 November 1991
President Levon Ter-Petrosyan
Preceded by position established
Succeeded by Gagik Harutyunyan
Defence Minister of Armenia
In office
20 October 1991 – 21 August 1993
President Levon Ter-Petrosyan
Preceded by Vazgen Sargsyan
Succeeded by Serzh Sargsyan
Personal details
Born (1946-02-13) February 13, 1946
Leninakan, Soviet Armenia
Political party National Democratic Union
Religion Armenian Apostolic

Vazgen Manukyan (Armenian: Վազգեն Մանուկյան, born February 13, 1946) was Prime Minister of Armenia from 1990 to 1991. From 1992 to 1993 Manukyan was acting Minister of Defense.

Manukyan was born in Leninakan (present-day Gyumri) in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, and holds a PhD in mathematics and physical science. He is married and has three children.

He was arrested in December 1988 in Moscow because he was a member of the Karabakh committee and spent six months in prison. He became Prime Minister on August 13, 1990 but resigned on November 22, 1991. After Armenia gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, he was elected in parliament three times and ran unsuccessfully for President of Armenia in 1996, 1998 and 2003. Vazgen Manukyan is the Chairman of National Democratic Union party.

It has been alleged that the September 1996 presidential election was rigged to ensure a first round victory for President Levon Ter-Petrossian so that he would not have to face Manukyan in a second round.[1]

In the February 2008 presidential election, Manukyan, running again as the National Democratic Union's candidate, placed fifth with 1.3% of the vote according to final official results.[2]

President of Armenia
Election year Votes % Position
1996 516,129 41.0% 2
1998 172,449 12.2% 3
2003 12,904 0.91% 5
2008 21,075 1.3% 5


  1. ^ "Armenia: FAQ About February's Presidential Election", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, February 18, 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by
None; part of the Soviet Union
Prime Minister of Armenia
Succeeded by
Gagik Harutyunyan
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