Armenia: Parliament rejects Pashinyan as PM

The majority of the Armenian National Assembly’s MPs voted against the election of Nikol Pashinyan, a deputy from the oppositional 'Way Out' Yelk Faction as Armenia’s prime minister in Yerevan on Tuesday. Pashinyan’s failure came with 55 deputies voting against him and 45 in his favour. The oppositional politician had to secure the backing of at least 53 deputies in order to win the post in... Еще the 105-seat legislature. Prior to the vote, an MP from the Republican Party of Armenia Faction Vahram Baghdasaryan announced the overall position of the ruling party on the candidacy of Pashinyan saying that «we are going to vote against the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan in an attempt to prevent the visible wave of danger that might emerge very quickly and strangle our country.» Meanwhile he admitted that the people’s movement which had engulfed the Armenian capital since April 13th «may support any candidate for the prime-minister’s post.» In his final speech ahead of the vote, Nikol Pashinyan said that he does not seek the disruption of the Republican party adding that «Republican Party, Republican Faction has already destroyed itself immediately and irreversibly through today’s debates and discussions.» Shortly after the voting procedure Nikol Pashinyan joined the Armenian citizens thousands of who had gathered at the Republican square.

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