Armenian opposition leader says plans to form "government of accord"

01 May, 2018, 15:14 | Author: Donnie King
  • Motor rally led by Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan reaches Gyumri

The head of opposition "Way Out" (Yelk) Faction of the National Assembly (NA), Nikol Pashinyan is the only candidate for Armenian Prime Minister, the press service of the NA reported.

Eduard Sharmazanov, vice speaker of parliament and the ruling party's spokesman, has said he personally doubted that Pashinyan was a suitable candidate.

"Taking into account the domestic political situation, the RPA has always said that its priority is the state interest, the fatherland's interest, the security of Armenia and Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh], and domestic stability".

Waving national flags and chanting Pashinyan's name, tens of thousands of people gathered in a square in the centre of Yerevan in the evening, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. All three parties have now declared support for Pashinyan's candidacy.

Sargsyan's Republican party holds a majority in parliament, which made him premier after he was termed out as president.

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

The opposition, consisting of Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia Party, the Yelk (Way Out) block, of which Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party is a part, and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, hold 47 seats in total.

Meanwhile, the former ruling-coalition party that has seven seats in parliament, Dashnaktsutyun, announced that it will support Pashinian in the May 1 vote.

The Armenian National Assembly is set to elect new Prime Minister on March 1, a week after Serzh Sargsyan resigned.

Some analysts said they expected a number of Republican Party lawmakers to defect and give their votes to the protest leader, sealing his victory.

Russian border guards patrol Armenia's border with Turkey and Iran. The opposition in the Caucasus Mountains country saw Sargsyan's move into the prime minister's chair as an attempt to stay in power indefinitely.


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