Armenian opposition leader fails to win selection as PM

02 May, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Armenian parliament to vote on opposition leader's bid for PM

Earlier Tuesday Pashinyan failed in his bid to become prime minister after the ruling Republican Party withheld its support in a crucial vote, raising fears of worsening political turmoil.

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. It's tens of thousands of us, and we need to them go.

On Sunday, RPA faction head Vahram Bagdasaryan said that the party would not impede Pashinyan's election. However, he needs 53 votes from the 105-seat parliament to rise to premiership.

Edition Of The News.am reported that Prime Minister nominated only one candidate Nikol Pashinian. Sargsyan was appointed PM by the parliament on April 17 but was forced to resign under public pressure less than a week later.

The opposition in this Caucasus Mountains country saw Sargsyan's move into the prime minister's chair as an attempt by him to stay in power indefinitely.




The sitting started with the speech of Yelq member Ararat Mirzoyan who introduced the candidate and presented the biography of Nikol Pashinyan. Not a single Republican lawmaker appeared to have voted for him. Later, dozens of them took the floor to speak about Pashinyan's candidacy.

"We will block the streets, the airports, the metro, the railway, everything that can be blocked", Pashinyan told his cheering supporters on Yerevan's Republic Square. The vote was preceded by a Q&A, followed by a long series of emotional speeches from about 19 members of parliament.

"The entire country is united in its demand that the Republicans' rule must end", said Laura Shahverdyan, a 22-year-old student.

Speaking in an interview with AFP on Monday, Pashinyan said, "It was clear that Armenia is in the grip of a deep political crisis".

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