Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan elected PM of Armenia

09 May, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Lawmakers voted 59 to 42 to approve Pashinian as prime minister. Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev said.

Addressing the parliament before the vote, Pashinian pledged to implement "very serious reforms" that would democratize Armenia, strengthen the rule of law and radically improve the domestic business environmental. Pashinyan also promised that there would be no persecution in the country for political and economic reasons.

On May 1, the parliament of Armenia failed to elect the leader of the protest movement Nikol Pashinyan as the head of the government.

Sargsyan was elected as prime minister on April 17.

Deputies from the ruling party voted for the opposition leader of street protests.

Protesters accused Sargsyan of attempting a power grab under a new parliamentary system of government passed in a 2015 referendum that the opposition says was tainted by irregularities. After 30 years of fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region both countries claim, he has said he will make the enclave part of Armenia.

Honoring Armenia's bond with the Kremlin, Russian media said Pashinyan will visit the Black Sea resort of Sochi next week for a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russian-backed alternative to the European Union comprising a small group of former Soviet states. Pashinian has vowed to have good relations with both Russian Federation and the West.

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan addresses lawmakers during a parliament session to elect a new prime minister in Yerevan on Tuesday. "You can absolutely compare him with historical figures like Gandhi and Nelson Mandela", said Eduard Aghajanyan, a city council member from Mr Pashinyan's Civil Contract party, and one of Mr Pashinyan's young, western-educated advisers.

"I would like to wish you that you form the government as soon as possible and engage in the solution of all the issues which face our state, government, entire people and this country - the Republic of Armenia".

In his turn, Pashinyan showed no inclination to back off on his ambitious agenda to remake the country, and no indication that he wanted or expected any cooperation from the Republicans.

He resigned on April 23, six days after his election as premier.

Numerous supporters are wearing white clothes, symbolizing their hopes that Pashinian's election will bring a new page in Armenia.


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