Today’s Google Doodle is dedicated to Armenia’s Independence Day. The doodle is available on the Armenian service of Google (www.google.am).
On this day in 1991, the Armenian people voted in a referendum to declare independence from the Soviet Union. After 95% of citizens voted in favor of independence, the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic became the Republic of Armenia.
The Declaration of Independence was written and adopted during a session of the Supreme Council of Armenia in 1990. In October 1991, Levon Ter-Petrosyan was elected as Armenia’s first president after receiving 83% of the vote. A few months later, the international community formally recognized the country’s sovereignty after the collapse of the USSR. In December 1991, Armenia joined the Commonwealth of Independent States, a regional coalition that encourages social, political and economic cooperation.