Armenia: in addition to officially nominated as Prime Minister

April FrancisMay 02, 2018

The head of the protest movement that ousted the country's veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian last week, Pashinyan is the only candidate in the running for the premiership and insists that only he can rid Armenia of corruption and poverty and conduct free and fair legislative elections. "Armenia, Russia is always there for you", the diplomat said.

He asked his supporters not to block traffic on Tuesday and not to gather at the parliament building.

Protest leader Pashinian and his supporters can count on 47 votes in Parliament.

"Pashinyan was nominated as a candidate for Armenia's prime minister at a meeting of the Elk faction", Elk faction member Edmon Marukyan told reporters. According to Hetq, the National Assembly will elect a prime minister by a majority vote.

Previously the support Pashinian said the former coalition party, the ARF, which has seven seats in Parliament.

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Dashnaktsutyun's decision came after the HHK, which has 58 seats in the 105-seat parliament, decided on April 28 that it would not nominate its own candidate.

Pashinian's Yelk alliance has nine seats.

Pashinyan said at consultations with the Republican faction that if elected, he will get into details of the negotiating process in the shortest possible period of time.

"Taking into account the domestic political situation, the RPA has always said that its priority is the state interest, the fatherland's interest, the security of Armenia and Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh], and domestic stability".

HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov said Republican lawmakers plan to consider all other candidates, then vote as a bloc. On 23 April he resigned, the responsibilities of the Prime Minister began the first Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.

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