President Armen Sarkissian "We Live in a New Armenia"

April FrancisApr 27, 2018

Moscow has two military bases in the ex-Soviet republic, and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Armenian President Armen Sarkissian by phone on Wednesday.

Ara Babloyan, the National Assembly speaker, said the election is scheduled for 1 May.

On April 23, Serzh Sargsyan, formerly the president who was elected as the prime minister by the parliament on April 17, resigned amid mass protests that broke out across the country on April 13.

The ruling party has retained its majority in parliament - with 58 seats in the 105-seat parliament - but is facing pressure to hand power over to opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian following the protests that triggered Sargsyan's resignation.

A new date has been set for the election of prime minister in Armenia.

Pashinyan demanded the "explicit and unconditional capitulation of the Republican Party to the people" and warned that if Karapetyan were made prime minister, protesters would blockade the parliament building and the prime minister's office in Yerevan.

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Protest leader Pashinyan, a former journalist turned lawmaker who has been instrumental in organising the protests, has said he is ready to become prime minister. Pashinian has said he is prepared to be a candidate, but it is unclear if he will get support.

Levon Babayan, a 47-year-old engineer, added: "We came for them to realise that the people do not want them", he said.

Serzh Sargsyan quit as prime minister on Monday.

Talks between Pashinyan and acting government head Karen Karapetyan to discuss a "peaceful" transfer of power were cancelled this week.

"In case the Republican party dares to nominate a candidate, the people will immediately surround the parliament", he said.

Armenia's acting vice premier, Armen Gevorkyan, also met Russian presidential administration officials to discuss the situation in Armenia, relations between the two countries and preparations for the upcoming summit of the Russia-led economic union. "All political forces, especially the representatives of the National Assembly, should be coordinated to establish this new path, guided by the Constitution of our country".

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