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Australia A TikTok has gone viral of Gladys Berejiklian speaking Armenian

07:55  24 september  2021
07:55  24 september  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Gladys Berejiklian has enthralled fans with unearthed footage from her time spent in Armenia before the pandemic, speaking her native tongue with a journalist in the country her grandparents are from.

Footage of the exchange, which was uploaded to TikTok by Votelabor on Thursday, shows the NSW premier speaking Armenian in what is presumed to be from her trip to the region in 2019.

'Can someone please translate?' The TikTok user posted alongside the video.

Viewers flocked to the post and used the opportunity to reference jokes to the premier's now cancelled daily Covid-19 press briefings.

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'Can I just say, the best health advice, next question,' joked one user.

'I know there is a "good morning everybody" in there for sure,' wrote another.

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But one TikTok user, who claimed to speak Armenian, shutdown the commenters by revealing what she actually said in between giggles during the interview.

'She's saying that she is proud of her heritage but it's hard to keep our language alive in the community... she is also saying that we have every day schools which teach Armenian,' she wrote.

Glady Berejiklian, 51, has become a household name during the coronavirus pandemic in Australia, with many people used to seeing her on their televisions for an 11am briefing on case numbers most days.

In 2018 she revealed in lengthy detail her grandparent's plight during the Ottoman Empire that massacred its Armenian subjects during World War I.

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Her mother and father migrated, separately, to Sydney in the late 1960s, met and later married at an Armenian Orthodox church in Chatswood, in the city's north.

The future premier was the oldest of three sisters Rita and Mary, attended public schools and was elected school captain of her high school.

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She spoke Armenian at home and carried the burden of being the first-born to parents 'obsessed' with her attending university.

At university she became the president of the state's Young Liberals, worked at the Commonwealth Bank and was elected to the NSW Lower House in 2003.

After becoming transport minister in the O'Farrell government she was then appointed NSW treasurer, prior to becoming premier.

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