Armenia: Silence falls on Yerevan’s Republic Square as parliament rejects Pashinyan as PM

Thousands of pro-opposition protesters watched in disappointment as the majority of the Armenian National Assembly's MPs voted against the election of Nikol Pashinyan as Armenia's prime minister in Yerevan on Tuesday. The crowd which had gathered in Yeravan's Republic Square to support head of the opposition 'Way Out' [Yelk] Fraction Pashinyan and follow the voting unfold live, was moved from... Еще cheering to silence over shocking results. 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 the 105-seat legislature. This followed a tense period in which Armenians took to the streets to protest the nomination of former President Serzh Sargsyan for the prime minister's post. On April 23, Sargsyan stepped down after a few days in his new post amid massive actions against his premiership.

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