Armenia's president appoints Pashinyan as prime minister

Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

Armenian lawmakers elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as Prime Minister of Armenia. However, he was expected to be elected in a second vote on May 8, after the ruling Republican Party said it would back any candidate nominated by one-third of parliamentarians. Forty-two other HHK deputies voted against him.

For the election of the Prime Minister he needed to get 53 votes in Parliament.

The results of the 2007 presidential elections were the most criticized elections in Armenian electoral history, and lead to the large popular movement supporting the candidacy of the First President of the country Ter-Petrosian. "Armenia will once and for all turn the page of political persecutions".

"These concerns persist", Bagdasaryan said.

Bagdasaryan also accused Pashinyan of fomenting "widespread hatred" in the country with his revolutionary rhetoric.

"I can assure you that there will not be oligarchs in government", Pashinian said, adding, "There will be no monopolies in our economy if I am elected".

"But they will know that if they grow impudent, there are people who will say: 'We are the masters of our country'".

He did little to temper expectations about the tough road that lies ahead. "Even in the transition period, these problems will be solved".

In such an event, the deeply unpopular Republicans would have little chance of retaining their parliamentary majority. Within 15 days, Pashinyan will have to present his cabinet to the parliament, and 20 days after that, his program. However, the HHK said it will not block the election and will support it.

"We do not consider it expedient to cooperate with the new government; it would be hypocritical to consider the issue of our participation in the new government", said Armen Ashotyan, a Republican faction leader.

Many of those who had been skeptical became supporters. Others wore camouflage T-shirts or caps mimicking Pashinyan's signature style (though he himself was in a dark suit). His aides said Karen Karapetyan, the prime minister from September 2016 until last month, and who is close to Russian Federation, had sought backroom deals to derail a vote last week for Mr Pashinyan to become PM, which he lost.

Karapetyan was appointed prime minister in September 2016, after the resignation of Hovik Abrahamyan.

"I congratulate the new Prime Minister". A truck appeared full of snow from a mountain village, and many celebrated with a snowball fight. "There will be no people with privileged rights in Armenia, everyone will be equal before the law", he stressed.

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