Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Armenia's parliament set to vote on new premier

Armenia's parliament set to vote on new premier

Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinian will be the only officially nominated candidate for prime minister as parliament votes to select a new head of government on May 1.

After meeting with HHK faction leader Vahram Baghdasarian on April 29, Pashinian told reporters there was no mood among members of the Republican Party "to thwart" the parliamentary vote.

Addressing demonstrators on Yerevan's Republic Square, Pashinyan said he would meet with lawmakers on Monday and called for his supporters to refrain from acts of civil disobediance.

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.

Dashnaktsutyun's decision came after the HHK, which has 58 seats in the 105-seat parliament, decided on April 28 that it would not nominate its own candidate.

"We need an atmosphere of peace to establish peace", he said.

It is expected that the National Assembly of Armenia will vote for the new prime minister on May 1 and Pashinyan will announce new parliamentarian election that can take place in two months according to the Constitution of Armenia. Parliament made Sargsyan prime minister a week later under a new government structure that gave the premier more power than the president.

Serzh Sarkisian, who became prime minister on April 17 after serving a decade as president in what was seen by opponents as a power grab, resigned on Monday after 10 days of mass protests.

Russian border guards patrol Armenia's border with Turkey and Iran.

He pledged to do no "personnel purges" if he was elected prime minister.

The United States on Saturday urged "good faith" in negotiations, with a State Department statement calling for "a resolution that reflects the interests of all Armenians".

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