Demonstrations resume in Armenia following opposition leader's call

30 April, 2018, 03:17 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Nikol Pashinyan The man who took down Armenia’s PM                         Read more

Nikol Pashinyan, an opposition MP who is the leader of the protests that ousted former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, insists that the political parties in the parliament should vote him in as the next interim PM before new snap elections. Sargsyan was supposedly nominated again for the position Prime Minister despite having previously served two terms, something that protesters would not tolerate and proceeded to demonstrate.

In the streets of Yerevan, flag-draped demonstrators blocked intersections, sang songs, played music and chanted slogans accusing the ruling party of clinging to power against the people's will.

The Prosperous Armenia Party, which holds 31 seats, threw its weight behind Pashinyan on Saturday.

After talks with Pashinyan on Sunday, parliamentary leader of the Republican Party, Vahram Baghdasaryan, said the party would not "impede the election of the people's candidate" if all three opposition factions in parliament supported him. The ruling Republican Party of Armenia will not nominate its candidate.

The Republican Party still holds a majority of 58 seats of 105 in Armenia's parliament, the National Assembly.

Eduard Sharmazanov, vice speaker of parliament and the ruling Republican Party's spokesman, said he doubted that Pashinian was a suitable candidate for the role of prime minister.

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Karapetyan later accused the opposition of "monopolising the political process" and said only genuine dialogue and an acknowledgement of mistakes could defuse the crisis. "We'll continue until we reach victory". "We believe that the elections can be done within two months, however we find this topic to be discussable, that it can be done a bit later, however within the limits of logic, in order for the political arena to be more ready for it", Pashinyan said.

Observers have meanwhile expressed fears that the disorder in Armenia could destabilize the Moscow-allied nation.

He was due to make a statement to that effect later on Saturday.

Pashinian met with several members of Russia's Duma on April 29 and reassured them that Armenia will remain a close ally and partner.

Russian Federation conceives that the situation in Armenia was prompted by domestic factors and not foreign forces, Fyodor Lukyanov, political analyst, editor-in-chief of Russian Federation in Global Politics magazine, told Sputnik Armenia.

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