Armenia marked the anniversary of the First Republic
YEREVAN, May 29. /ARKA/. The Armenian people have observed the 96th anniversary of the First Republic on Wednesday, May 28, which was a non-working day in the country.
The First Republic was created after almost a millennium of no statehood and existed till December 2, 1920.
On May 26, 1918, after the collapse of the Transcaucasia Seim and Georgia’s declaration of independence, the regional meeting of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutiun handed over the power, with a right of dictatorship in all fields of the national life, to the Armenian National Council in Tiflis.
On May 28 the Armenian National Council declared Armenia’s independence. Hovhannes Kajaznuni was appointed as the first prime-minister of Armenia and Yerevan was chosen as the capital of the new state on May 29.
Every year Armenia’s leadership heads to Sardarapat Memorial to honor heroes of the 1918 Sardarapat battle.
On May 18 the Armenian people won the battles in Sardarapat, Bash-Aparan and Gharakilica against the Turkish invaders. These victories enabled Armenians creating their statehood.
According to president of Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences Radik Martirosyan, the May 28 is a special day in the history of the Armenian people. The statehood lasted not long, but even then lessons of the short period there should be leant and kept in mind, Martirosyan told reporters. –0--