Hranush Hrant Hakobyan (Armenian: Հրանուշ Հրանտի Հակոբյան) is an Armenian politician who is the longest-serving woman in the National Assembly of Armenia and is the current Minister of the Diaspora.[1][2] Hakobyan was among the only seven members of Armenia's Parliament.[1] She was the first Armenian woman to be "directly elected" into office by the Armenian people instead of "being appointed by a political party". In 2005, she sponsored Armenia's "gender-quota law" in order to encourage the participation and election of more women in the politics of Armenia.[1]

Hranush Hakobyan
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Diaspora Minister of the
Republic of Armenia
In office
1 October 2008 – 23 April 2018
PresidentSerzh Sargsyan
Armen Sarkissian
Prime MinisterTigran Sargsyan
Hovik Abrahamyan
Karen Karapetyan
Serzh Sargsyan
Karen Karapetyan
Nikol Pashinyan(acting)
Preceded byposition created
Minister of Social Security
In office
PresidentLevon Ter-Petrosyan
Preceded byRaphael Bagoyan
Succeeded byGagik Yeganyan
Member of the National Assembly of Armenia
Personal details
Born (1954-04-12) 12 April 1954 (age 65)
Sarukhan, Gegharkunik Province

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  1. ^ a b c Itano, Nicole. Quota Law Puts More Women in Armenia's Election, WeNews, May 10, 2007.
  2. ^ Lansford, Tom. Political Handbook of the World 2015. CQ Press. p. 77. ISBN 1483371581.