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Armenia opposition leader in crunch talks ahead of PM vote

Nikol Pashinyan The man who took down Armenia’s PM                         Read more Nikol Pashinyan The man who took down Armenia’s PM Read more
Charlie Simmons | 02 May, 2018, 01:45

Pashinyan said on Monday he discussed a "peaceful and legal settlement" of the crisis with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell.

Pashinyan promised that his first action in the case of appointment as Prime Minister will be the steps to prepare for early parliamentary elections.

Speaking to AFP in an interview, Pashinyan said Armenians themselves wanted to determine the future of their country and an explosion of tensions was just a matter of time. He urged supporters not to block traffic or to assemble outside the parliament building.

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

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We will remind, on April 13 and continue in Yerevan rallies demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who had already twice been President. "Guided by these challenges and priorities, the RPA decided that the RPA faction of the National Assembly will not nominate a candidate for Prime Minister", party spokesperson Eduard Sharmazanov said on Saturday.

Baghdasarian told reporters that the HHK would not hinder the election of Pashinian if the other factions in parliament support his candidacy. The ruling Republican Party has 58 seats, Elk has nine seats, Dashnaktsutyun - seven seats, and the rest are controlled by the Tsarukyan bloc. The Tsarukian Alliance controls 31 seats in parliament.

"People should have genuine possibilities to influence the political situation and political decisions", Pashinyan said on Monday.

Pashinyan is still six votes short of the 53 he needs from the 105-seat legislature. On 23 April he resigned, the responsibilities of the Prime Minister began the first Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.

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