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Armenian parliament sets new date of voting for prime minister post
17:34, 2 May 2018

Armenian parliament sets new date of voting for prime minister post

The speaker of the parliament reported that the MPs will gather for a special session for the election of a new prime minister

17:34, 2 May 2018

112 Agency

The parliament of Armenia will make a new attempt to vote for a candidate of the prime minister on May 8. Ara Babloian, the speaker of the parliament claimed this as Interfax reported.

According to Babloian, the MPs will gather for a special session for the election of a new prime minister.

Related: Protesters march along central streets of Yerevan, Armenia

Earlier it was reported that Nikol Pashynian, the leader of the opposition urged to hold the mass protest rallies since May 2 all over the country and announced the total vehicle blockade. On may 2, the partakers of the rallies blocked the main roads and way to the Zvartnots Airport in Yerevan. Also, the downtown of the city and the roads around it are blocked. It was also reported that the main state establishments in Gyumri and Vanadzor cities were blocked.

On May 1, the Armenian parliament did not support the candidacy of the leader of protesters Nikol Pashinyan to the post of prime minister.

On April 26, the opposition party Yelk nominated Nikol Pashinyan for the post of the prime minister.

Related: Armenian ruling party refuses to nominate candidate for prime minister

As 112 International reported, the protest action continues since April 13; the reason is the constitutional reform that changed the form of government and the presidential republic turned into the parliamentary republic. The Prime Minister is a key person now, and ex-president Serzh Sargsyan took his office, thus gaining most of the executive power in the country again. Serzh Sargsyan was still elected Prime Minister despite the protest actions.

Sargsyan resigned on April 23 and Karen Karapetyan, the first Vice Prime Minister became the acting Prime Minister of Armenia. Later one of the parties withdrawn from the ruling coalition, however, the protests did not end.

 

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