Armenian Protest Leader Warns Ruling Party Not To Hinder Parliament PM Vote

Elias Hubbard
May 1, 2018

More than 100 journalists from major global media outlets have been accredited by the Armenian foreign ministry to cover the special sitting of the parliament on the election of a new prime minister. Nikol Pashinyan, the opposition leader in Armenia, is the only candidate for the post of prime minister.

In a live broadcast on May 1, Pashinian, the only candidate in the election, accused the ruling Republican Party (HHK) of former Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian of preparing to disrupt the special session of parliament, called after Sarkisian stepped down last week.

The Republican Party plans to nominate its own candidate for the premier within seven days, he added.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Republic Square in Yerevan on May 1, where a rally will begin at 11:00 (GMT +4), and the protesters continue to arrive, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

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Armenian Protest Leader Warns Ruling Party Not To Hinder Parliament PM Vote

"Similar statements were made today during my meeting with the members of the Republican Party's faction, but we received information that today late evening Serzh Sargsyan had a meeting with HKK parliament members deciding to fail tomorrow's vote", Pashinyan wrote in his Facebook page. He said the head of the HKK faction will announce the party's decision before the vote.

Earlier, RPA spokesperson Edward Sharmazanov told ArmenPress that his party hasn't yet reached a decision on who it will vote for in the election scheduled for later today in the parliament.

Three parliamentary factions - the Tsarukyan bloc, Dashnaktsutyun and Yelk - have already announced they would vote for Pashinyan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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