Avetik Sahakyan

Avetik Hovhannesi Sahakian (Armenian: Աւետիք Սահակեան; 1863–1933), also known as Father Abraham, was an Armenian politician, the Parliamentary President (speaker) of the First Republic of Armenia in 1918–19,[1] the social security minister and member of ARF Dashnaktsutiun Eastern Bureau. He was also known as agricultural scientist.[2]

Avetik Sahakian
Աւետիք Սահակեան
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Chairman of the Parliament of Armenia
In office
1 August 1918 – 1 August 1919
Preceded bySerop Zakaryan
Succeeded byAvetis Aharonian
Minister of Welfare (Public Assistance) and Labour of Armenia
In office
10 August 1919 – 31 October 1920
Preceded byHovhannes Ter-Mikaelyan
Succeeded byArtashes Babalian
Personal details
Jalaloghly, Tiflis Governorate, Russian Empire (present-day Stepanavan, Armenia)
Died1933 (aged 69–70)
Political partyArmenian Revolutionary Federation


Sahakian was born in Jalaloghly, Tiflis Governorate (present-day Stepanavan, Armenia). He was included in Western Armenian liberation activities (since 1898) and ARF Caucasian project. After Armenia became a Soviet republic, Avetik Sahakian was among the members of the A.R.F. who moved to Tabriz and afterwards lived in exile.


  • Nersisian, Ashot. Aprogh herosner: Avetik Sahakian, Yerevan, 2004 (in Armenian)