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

In addition to not chose the Prime Minister of Armenia

In addition to not chose the Prime Minister of Armenia

Pashinyan promised that his first action in the case of appointment as Prime Minister will be the steps to prepare for early parliamentary elections.

Sargsyan had been president for a decade before becoming prime minister last month.

Shortly before the vote, a leader of the Republican Party, which is allied to Sarksyan and has the majority in parliament, said it would not back Pashinyan because he did not have the qualities required to be a prime minister.

Supporters of Pashinyan, who had spent the day in the capital's Republic Square to watch the parliamentary debate on two huge screens, shouted "shame" when the result of the vote was shown. The vote's outcome enraged many of them.

"We will have a holiday; we will celebrate our victory together", he declared. "We can't take this anymore".

Reacting to the announcement, Pashinyan said: "With its discussions, the Republican Party has finally and irreversibly destroyed itself". "Get sober until it's too late, because your behaviour could cause a political tsunami".

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The celebratory atmosphere that had persisted all day suddenly changed when it emerged the ruling Republican Party would not accept Opposition Leader Nikol Pashinian as Prime Minister. Sargsyan was appointed PM by the parliament on April 17 but was forced to resign under public pressure less than a week later.

If parliament on May 8 fails again to confirm a prime minister, the legislature would automatically be dissolved and early general elections would be scheduled with the Republican-led acting government in charge of the electoral process.

Before Tuesday's vote, Pashinian had floored questions in the chamber where control has always been held by Sarksyan's Republican backers. "A total strike is announced", Pashinyan said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.

Opposition members of parliament joined Pashinyan in warning that a vote against him would be a vote against the tens of thousands of people who joined the anti-government rallies in recent weeks.

Pashinyan supporters waved the Armenian flag and carried balloons in the national colours.

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