Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Science | By Celia Watts

Pashinyan responds to MP questions as the National Assembly electing new PM

Pashinyan responds to MP questions as the National Assembly electing new PM

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.

However, local media outlets reported early on Tuesday that the sole candidate for the post has announced in a video message posted on his Facebook page that the Republican deputies have made a decision to thwart the scheduled vote.

On May 1, the National Assembly of Armenia is electing the prime minister.

Therefore, the National Assembly of Armenia will meet to re-vote on may 8th. Pashinyan was nominated as a PM candidate by his party, Yelk ("Way Out") on May 1, and was the sole nominee in the vote held during a special session of parliament.

Earlier on Tuesday, he had warned the ruling elite it could face a "tsunami" of anger from the people if it stymied his move to become prime minister.

Eduard Sharmazanov, a member of the board of the Republican Party of Armenia and the vice speaker of the parliament, that the party's faction will make its decision only after it hear Pashinyan's program. "It is the ultimate category of self-destruction".

Whether or not he gets the job, left open by the resignation of long-time leader Serzh Sarksyan after two weeks of anti-government protests, depends on a parliamentary vote to be held on Tuesday.

"I think this is a unique and great opportunity to resolve the domestic political crisis and to register the victory of the people, the kind of victory in which there are no losers", Pashinyan, a former journalist turned lawmaker, said. As he approached on foot, accompanied by his wife, vehicle horns honked and people in the street shouted "Nikol!" He had previously been president, but was limited by the constitution from seeking another term. Some voters accuse Mr Sarksyan and his associates of cronyism and corruption, an allegation they deny.

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