Denied Power, Armenian Opposition Leader Urges Nationwide Strikes

02 May, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Celebrations at Yerevan’s Republic Square following Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian on April 23

Earlier in the day, Pashinyan met with the Republican Party of Armenia's parliamentary faction at the National Assembly buildingentric.

Noting that many corruption scandals in the world are offshore deals and money overseas, he proposed to establish a special state agency, for example, the ethics committee, for controlling accounts of Armenian officials at any spot all over the world.

The Yelk party nominated Pashinyan, the leader of both Yelk and the opposition movement, in parliament for the position of prime minister.

On the same day, Armen Sarkissian, Armenian president accepted the government's resignation.

Nikol Pashinyan led days of protests that forced veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan to step down as prime minister last week, and is the sole nominee to take over the role.

The protests erupted after Mr. Sargsyan, operating under a 2015 constitutional referendum that had transferred most presidential powers to the prime minister, tried to skirt term limits by changing jobs.

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As of this moment, all the streets leading to Yerevan's Republic Square are closed to vehicular traffic due to the thousands of people making their way to the center of town.

Mr. Pashinyan has said that the main task of any interim government is organizing the next parliamentary elections.

Pashinyan has received the support of all opposition parties in parliament, who hold 47 seats in the 105-seat legislature, but he will require a majority to win. The Republican Party has dominated Armenian politics since 1999.

"I think this is a unique and great opportunity to resolve the domestic political crisis and to register the victory of the people, the kind of victory in which there are no losers", Pashinyan, a former journalist turned lawmaker, said.

They also accuse Sarkisian and his dominant Republican Party of widespread corruption and failing to raise living standards.

Protests in support of Pashinyan have been held all across Armenia and Armenian Diaspora communities scattered around the world, including a protest on Sunday in front of the Armenian embassy in Canada.

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