Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Armenia opposition leader in crunch talks ahead of PM vote

Armenia opposition leader in crunch talks ahead of PM vote

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. "I plan to form a government of accord", he said at a meeting with lawmakers with the ruling Republican Party, TASS reported.

It is expected that the national Assembly of Armenia will vote for a new Prime Minister on may 1, Pashinyan will declare new parliamentary elections, which according to the Armenian Constitution could be held within two months.

Three parliamentary factions, namely Dashnaktsutyun, the Tsarukyan bloc and Elk, have already announced their decision to vote for Pashinyan.

On April, Sargsyan resigned amid anti-government protests.

The parliament will gather for a special session on Tuesday to vote on the only officially nominated candidate, Nikol Pashinyan.

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He pledged to do no "personnel purges" if he was elected prime minister. If that doesn't happen, a a second attempt will be made a week later.

Nikol Pashinyan, who had been leading anti-governmental protests, believes that "the recent events in the country will further strengthen Armenia's position in the negotiations on the Karabakh conflict settlement".

During a rally on Sunday in Yerevan's Republic Square, Pashinyan declared his readiness to take up the post of Armenia's prime minister "in a responsible manner". Since 13 April, tens of thousands have come out to the streets daily in what Pashinyan has called a "velvet revolution".

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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