Armenian opposition leader becomes sole candidate for interim PM job

02 May, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Chad Warren
  • Armen Sarkissian: Armenia needs stability and societal consolidation

To remind, Armenia's parliament is electing a new prime minister with Nikol Pashinyan nominated as the only candidate for the post.

That is likely to have been the most significant threat that tipped the vote against him, said Mr. Sanamyan, the analyst, as the Republican Party has strong ties to the business community, and lawmakers probably want to negotiate some form of guarantees before considering him as a candidate for prime minister.

Therefore, the National Assembly of Armenia will meet to re-vote on may 8th.

At a meeting with the governing Republican party on Monday, as well as with the opposition bloc Way Out, Pashinyan said that a vote for him on Tuesday would be a vote for an end to the crisis.

Thousands of opposition supporters spent the day rallying out the parliament building to support Mr Pashinian. Later, dozens of them took the floor to speak about Pashinyan's candidacy.

Protests flared when Mr Sarksyan, an establishment veteran, announced he was seeking to become prime minister.

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Pashinyan's speech was followed by Q/A session, as 26 deputies have registered to ask questions to Pashinyan.

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.

Some Armenians saw Sarksyan's bid for the prime minister's job as a cynical ploy to extend his grip on power.

Armenia, an ex-Soviet state still closely aligned to Russian Federation, has been run by what Pashinyan has called an elite since the late 1990s.

During the parliamentary debate, Republican Party lawmakers accused Pashinyan or being an irresponsible rabble-rouser, they alleged he recruited children to join his protest movement, and said he lacked the qualities to command the Armenian armed forces.

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