Four years after Armenia's second independence on September 21, 1991, this time from the Soviet Union, the Armenian government approved its first constitution which empowered the president as the sole leader without much checks and balances. Ten years later in 2005, the new government reformed the constitution with the vision of sharing power with a prime minister. Elected 2008, the third president (Serge Sarkisian) and his government embarked on a third effort on constitutional reforms, towards a full parliamentary power sharing government. The Venice commission of the council of Europe has been a participant and has recommended improvements on proposed amendments. This effort started in 2013 and a referendum that will take place in April 2017 will determine whether the country is ready for this major change.
Armenia taking the challenging path to full democracy through constitutional reforms, with the goal of becoming a democratic country, modeled after the U.S. with its branches of government insuring checks and balances.
In its geographical location neighboring autocratic countries and being under Russia's sphere of influence, balancing external influence against national interests, are countries like Armenia with only 25 years of modern history capable of implementing a fully democratic government?