The First President of the Republic of Armenia
Levon Ter-Petrosyan born on January 9, 1945, in Aleppo. Immigrated to Armenia in 1946.
In 1968, Levon Ter-Petrosyan graduated from the Oriental Studies Department of the Yerevan State University. In 1971, he completed his postgraduate studies at the Leningrad Oriental Studies Institute. In 1972, he completed his master’s thesis. In 1987, he received his doctoral degree. In 1972-1978, Ter-Petrossian worked as junior researcher at the Literature Institute of Armenia named after A. M. Abeghian. In 1978-1985, he held a post of a science secretary at Matenadaran named after Mashtots. Since 1985, Ter-Petrossian have been working at Matenadaran as a senior researcher.
Levon Ter-Petrosyan is the author of more than 70 scientific publications in Armenian, Russian and French. He is also a member of the Armenian Writers’ Union, the French Asian Society, the Venice Mkhitarian Academy and an Honorary Doctor of La Verne University.
Ter-Petrossian’s political career started in the 1960s. In February 1988, he led Matenadaran’s “Karabakh” committee. In May of the same year, he became involved with the Armenian Committee of the Karabakh movement. From December 10, 1988, to May 31, 1989, he was under arrest together with other members of the “Karabakh” committee.
In 1989, Ter-Petrossian was elected Member of the Board of the Armenian National Movement. Later on, he became the Chairman of the Board.
On August 27, 1989, he was elected as deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Armenian SSR. He was re-elected as deputy on May 20, 1990. On August 4 of the same year, he became Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Armenia.
Levon Ter-Petrosyan was elected the first President of the Republic of Armenia on October 16, 1991. Re-elected on September 22, 1996. Resigned in February, 1998.