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Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

09 May 2018, 12:35 | Myrtle Vega

Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

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The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has declared that it will ensure the election of opposition leader Pashinyan as the country's prime minister.

The party that holds the majority of seats in Armenia's parliament says it now considers itself the opposition and won't cooperate with the new government.

After 10 years in power Mr Sargsyan left Armenia's presidency last month only to be elected prime minister by a parliament controlled by his Republican party.

Today, Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan applied to President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sarkissian with the request to terminate his duties as Acting First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

The founder and head of Civil Contract party and lawmaker from the Yelk bloc, Pashinyan led the street campaign, which saw hundreds of thousands of Armenians taking to the streets in massive protests in the past several weeks. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian". "There will be no privileged people in Armenia, period!"

Both Azerbaijan and Turkey have closed their borders with Armenia over the conflict, inhibiting trade and leaving Armenia in semi-isolation.

"Military cooperation with Russian Federation is an important factor in ensuring our country's security", Pashinyan said, referring to a two-decade long conflict his country is locked in with neighbouring Azerbaijan.

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Pashinian went into hiding following the deadly suppression on March 1-2, 2008 of post-election protests in Yerevan.

At a concert in the city Monday night, Pashinyan had appeared alongside System of a Down front man Serj Tankian, who gave his support to the former journalist and was also present in parliament for the vote on Tuesday.

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Newly elected as a Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinian greets his supporters gathered in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

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

Yet faced with weeks of mass protests, Sargsyan left the premiership on April 23, six days after his election.

The ruling party said it will not nominate their own candidate for the second round, just like in the first round.



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