Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Nikol Pashinyan elected Armenia's prime minister

Velvet Revolution Nikol Pashinyan elected Armenia's prime minister
Gerardo Duncan | 09 May, 2018, 01:06

During the 8 May vote, Pashinyan was again supported by is own Yelk bloc, Gagik Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia, and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, who hold together 47 of 105 seats in Armenia's parliament, the National Assembly. A "drastic" change in Armenia foreign policy would only hurt the country, he said. Pashinyan had lost the original vote on May 1 due to initial opposition from the dominant Republican Party.

Russian President Vladimir Putin later sent a telegram congratulating Pashinyan on his election, hoping that he will strengthen ties between the two countries, said the Kremlin according to the RIA news agency.

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

Armenia's governing Republican Party will provide the additional votes needed to elect a prime minister during a parliamentary vote on Tuesday, a Republican Party lawmaker told Reuters.

Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, the third President of Armenia who took office as PM April 17, resigned amid mass protests on April 23.

The extraordinary sitting of the Armenian parliament kicked off 12:00 for the second round of vote to elect a Prime Minister. After 30 years of fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region both countries claim, he has said he will make the enclave part of Armenia.

Nikol Pashinian, who was named the new prime minister by parliament on Tuesday, has repeatedly said that he would not seek to change Armenia's cooperation with Russian Federation. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian". "Jobs will appear, people will return, corruption will disappear", said demonstrator Tigran Azizian, a 42-year-old worker in the city's subway.

"I would like to wish you that you form the government as soon as possible and engage in the solution of all the issues which face our state, government, entire people and this country - the Republic of Armenia".

Pashinyan, the MP who spearheaded massive demonstrations throughout the country for about two weeks, failed to be elected by a 56-45 vote in the first round of voting.

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

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