He Was a Protester. Now, Nikol Pashinyan Is Armenia's Prime Minister

09 May, 2018, 01:07 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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His candidacy was supported by 59 parliamentarians, and 42 others were against it.

The parliamentary majority of Republican Party party voted for Pashinyan, asper their announcement released a week ago. It was also fueled by anger over alleged corruption within Republican Party elite ruling the country since the 1990s.

Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, head of the Yelk (Exit) faction, was the sole candidate in the first round of elections on May 1.

Pashinyan declined to shed light on the composition of his cabinet when he spoke to reporters moments after being elected prime minister.

Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmet Hajieyv issued a statement insisting "the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is now occupied, has always been an integral part of Azerbaijan".

In a referendum in 2015, Armenia adopted constitutional changes to move the powers from the president to the prime minister.

Armenia's peaceful uprising against single-party rule - and the way its political leaders responded - is seen as unprecedented for a former Soviet state. Pashinyan claims he's not planning to alter Armenia's current foreign policy course, including the country's membership in Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union or keeping Russian military bases on Armenia's territory.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Pashinian, who has promised he'll continue close relations with Moscow.

Two weeks ago, veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan, who had served the maximum two terms as President of Armenia, was appointed prime minister.

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan addresses lawmakers during a parliament session to elect a new prime minister in Yerevan on Tuesday.

"I am very happy because this is a movement for the people, Armenians have come together and learned to love one another", said Anna Maritosyan, a social worker who was among the celebrants.

The RA NA Deputy Speaker Mikayel Melkumyan has presented the viewpoint of the RA NA Tsarukyan Faction on the Prime Minister's candidacy, noting that their nominee is Nikol Pashinyan, and their party is with the people.

Yet faced with weeks of mass protests, Sargsyan left the premiership on April 23, six days after his election. He said his first priority was to organize the first fair parliamentary elections in many years.

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