Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Armenia: in addition to officially nominated as Prime Minister

Armenia's Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan: The man who took down Armenia's prime minister
Glenn Montgomery | 02 May, 2018, 01:48

We will remind that on April 26 the opposition parliamentary faction "EFC" was nominated for the post of Prime Minister the candidacy of its Chairman Nikol Pashinyan.

Pashinyan promised that his first action in the case of appointment as Prime Minister will be the steps to prepare for early parliamentary elections. I want very much to see all the factions demonstrate unity in a bid to get out of the political crisis.

A spokesman for the HKK said the party decided not to nominate its own candidate in order "to avoid confrontation and destabilization of the country". Lawmakers elected him as prime minister this month after approving governance changes that diminished the presidency's power and bolstered the prime minister's. "Those professionals who are working with government structures will continue their work", he said.

Speaking to AFP in an interview, Pashinyan said Armenians themselves wanted to determine the future of their country and an explosion of tensions was just a matter of time.

"We will return from the parliament to celebrate our victory together", Pashinyan said at a rally on Monday.

Last week, Sarkisian resigned from his new post of prime minister after serving as president for a decade in the face of peaceful protests some dubbed a "revolution of love".

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan attends a rally in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 30, 2018.

The Republican Party holds a majority of 58 seats of 105 in Armenia's parliament, the National Assembly.

The announcement coincided with the resumption of protests in the capital Yerevan after a two-day moratorium during which demonstrations against the Republican Party and official corruption were held in smaller cities.

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