On 10 December Artsakh celebrates the Day of the NKR State Independence Referendum and Constitution.
“On this very day both in 1991 and 2006 our people made a historic choice by voting for free and independent Artsakh, for the formation of a democratic, legal and social state,” President Bako Sahakyan said in a congratulatory address.
“An important step on our state-building path was the adoption of the country’s basic law – the Constitution, the cornerstone of which is a human being, the protection of his and her rights, freedoms and interests. These are universal values that are important for the development of civil society and democratic institutions,” he added.
“We have been following this path for 28 years, developing and strengthening our country day by day, cementing the foundations of the statehood and the security of the people, improving their living standards. It is a difficult and thorny way that our people pass through with dignity, selflessly overcoming all the difficulties and ordeals,” the President added.
The Constitution of Artsakh was adopted by a nationwide referendum on December 10, 2006. A total of 90, 077 voters particiapted in the Referendum, with 77,279 voters or 85.79% voting in favor.
This constitution established Nagorno-Karabakh as a sovereign, democratic state based on social justice and the rule of law.
The “Republic of Artsakh” has been the official name of the state following the 2017 constitutional referendum. Stepanakert is defined as the state’s capital. Power is vested in its citizens, who exercise it directly through the election of government representatives.