After weeks of wild protests, Armenia elects new PM

09 May, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

Both Bright Armenia and Republic refused to support Pashinian when he embarked on his campaign aimed at preventing Sarkisian from becoming prime minister and thus extending his decade-long rule.

Under Armenia's constitution, if a prime minister is not elected in the second vote, parliament will be dissolved and early general elections would be held with the HHK-led acting government in charge of the electoral process.

Many Armenians have stewed for years about the country's poverty and widespread corruption, but Pashinian was able to galvanize that discontent into a mass movement that was raucous but largely peaceful.

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

Azerbaijan insists that any resolution of the issue must keep Nagorno-Karabakh as a part of the country.

Before his resignation, Sargsyan was appointed prime minister last month after serving 10 years as the country's president.

Throughout Armenia's wave of protests, Moscow has remained publicly neutral, and Pashinyan has consistently said he viewed Moscow as a vital ally. Pashinyan claims he's not planning to alter Armenia's current foreign policy course, including the country's membership in Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union or keeping Russian military bases on Armenia's territory. Pashinyan has insisted he wants to maintain relations with both Russian Federation and the West, in particular the European Union, and balancing the two will be key to his tenure going forward. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian". The prime minister is to receive all powers while President Armen Sargsyan who was elected by the parliament on March 2 is to perform representative functions.

Two weeks ago, veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan, who had served the maximum two terms as President of Armenia, was appointed prime minister. Touching upon the nominee's passed path, the MP has noted that an opportunity is given not to go against the people of Armenia, the state interests, the national security of Armenia and Artsakh and called on to make use of that unique opportunity.

A central square in the capital Yerevan, where Pashinyan's supporters gathered to watch the voting on huge television screens, erupted into joy when the result was shown.

Sargsyan resigned the premiership six days after his appointment.

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