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Armenia Opposition Leader Pashinyan Elected New PM

09 May 2018

Nearly all MPs from the Republican Party of Armenia voted against appointing the leader of the Velvet Revolution as the head of the government.

On April 17, the Armenian parliament elected Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, the ex-President of the country, who a week after the end of his presidential term became the PM of the country, so maintaining most of the power in his own hands.

As reported, the candidacy Pashinian voted 59 deputies.

Pashinyan said he would hold a snap election as soon as he believes the conditions are right for a vote to take place.

The new edition of the Armenian constitution stipulates that a prime minister assumes all powers of government. The previous Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned amid mass demonstrations of opposition supporters.

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Numerous supporters are wearing white clothes, symbolizing their hopes that Pashinian's election will bring a new page in Armenia.

The 42-year-old former newspaper editor also secured the support of two other major political parties - Prosperous Armenia and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) - which nominated him for the post together with his opposition Elk coalition.

After that began in Armenia announced by the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan is a universal campaign of civil disobedience.

"I am 95 percent sure that your candidate will be elected as prime minister tomorrow", Pashinan told the cheering crowd.

"We chose a new road in Armenia where the driver will be the people and not clans".

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Both Azerbaijan and Turkey have closed their borders with Armenia over the conflict, inhibiting trade and leaving Armenia in semi-isolation. "Many people will want to see a country that has carried out this revolution of love and solidarity", he said.

"This is a real test case for Russia's politics in the former Soviet Republics", said Chatham House's Broers.

Pashinian declined to shed light on the composition of his cabinet when he spoke to reporters moments after being elected prime minister.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Pashinyan on his victory.

Pending fresh elections "Pashinyan must manoeuvre between the will of the people and the parliamentary ruling party that he does not belong to and which can not begin supporting him", he said.

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Armenia Opposition Leader Pashinyan Elected New PM