Nikol Pashinyan officially nominated for Armenian PM

02 May, 2018, 01:47 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan: The man who took down Armenia's prime minister

On his way to a rally of his supporters in Yerevan on April 30, Pashinian told journalists that his top priority if he becomes prime minister would be "preparation of free and democratic elections" in Armenia.

Organizer of protests in Armenia, the head of fraction "EFC" Nikol Pashinian officially approved as a candidate for the post of Prime Minister. The opposition, consisting of Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia Party, the Yelk (Way Out) block, of which Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party is a part, and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, hold 47 seats in total. This was announced today by RPA spokesman and National Assembly Vice President Edward Sharmazanov after the faction's meeting with Pashinyan.

On Sunday, the leader of the Republican faction in parliament, Vahram Baghdasaryan, clarified that the party would not try to prevent "the people's candidate", referring to Pashinyan, from being elected, and would not boycott the appointment.

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Pashinyan said on Monday he discussed a "peaceful and legal settlement" of the crisis with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. "Armenia, Russia is always there for you", the diplomat said. Rallies continued as the opposition demands an interim prime minister, who will not be from the ruling party.

On Saturday, after days of frantic negotiations, two major parties including the Prosperous Armenia - which has 31 seats in parliament - said they would back Pashinyan. A candidate needs 53 votes to get elected.

Observers said Sarkisian's resignation sounded the death knell for the seemingly unshakable rule of the Republican Party which dominated the ex-Soviet republic's politics for over a decade, unchallenged by weak and divided opposition forces.

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