Armenia to elect new PM on May 1

27 April, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Armenia's Parliament To Vote For New Prime Minister On May 1

Eight days after his presidential term was up, Sargsyan was elected Armenia's prime minister.

Armenian lawmakers will vote for a new prime minister May 1.

Observers have warned the crisis could destabilise the Moscow-allied nation which has been involved in a decades-long territorial dispute with Azerbaijan.

The ruling Republican Party holds a majority in parliament.

"And for me, my goal isn't to become prime minister".

The leader of the Armenian opposition is holding talks with parliamentary factions in order to secure support for his candidacy as the country's next prime minister, as opposition supporters held rallies in the Armenian capital.

The opposition bloc announced Wednesday it would name Pashinian, who led the anti-Sargsyan protests over the past two weeks, as its candidate for prime minister. A candidate would need 53 votes to get elected. Armenia which will be loved by every Armenian, public official and ordinary citizen.

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During the conversation, it was stressed that the crisis situation in Armenia must be settled within the current constitution.

Speaking earlier in the day, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged the importance of "compromise".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov held talks in Moscow on Thursday with his Armenian counterpart Eduard Nalbandian, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Officials from the Russian embassy in Yerevan have also met with Pashinyan.

Serzh Sarkisian stood down Monday from his new post of prime minister after mass protests. "No one in Armenia should ever have power, except the people", he said.

"In case the Republican party dares to nominate a candidate, the people will immediately surround the parliament", he said. They want a sweeping political reconfiguration before ending their protests, which continued on Thursday.

"They must go! There is no time for political manipulations and power struggle", he told AFP. "I want to make it clear that no value of our movement should suffer, and we will not lose any achievement, we will only move forward", he said.



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