Protests' leader in Armenia officially becomes candidate for prime minister post

Source : 112 Ukraine

The issue of the election of a new prime minister will be discussed tomorrow at the National Gathering of the Republic
11:37, 30 April 2018


Nikol Pashinyan, the organizer of the protests in Armenia and the Head of Yelk alliance was officially confirmed as the candidate for the prime minister post. Edmon Marukian, the member of Yelk party claimed this as Interfax reported.

The nomination was agreed at today's meeting of the party's member with Pashinyan.

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He promised that his first steps in the case of the nomination will be the preparation for the early parliamentarian election.

'On the issue of the government's composition, nothing is decided yet. I am only a candidate for the prime ministry. But my first step will be the forming of the guarantees on the holding of the legal, honest and fair election', he said.

It is expected that the National Assembly of Armenia will vote for the new prime minister on May 1 and Pashinyan will announce new parliamentarian election that can take place in two months according to the Constitution of Armenia.

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

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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 Later one of the parties withdrawn from the ruling coalition, however, the protests did not end.

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