MAJOR: Pashinyan, leader of street revolution, now PM of Armenia

It happened with votes from Sargsyan's majority party

Nikol Pashinyan
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Note: Was this a ‘color revolution’? See Eduard Popov’s assessment here.

The National Assembly of Armenia has elected Nikol Pashinyan, the leader of the opposition party Civic Pact and the Elk faction (Exodus), as the premier, RIA Novosti reports.

Fifty-nine deputies voted for him, 42 against. The prime minister managed to get elected due to the votes given by the members of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, the agency specifies.

During the voting on May 1, the Republican Party refused to support him, and as a result Pashinyan collected only 45 votes of deputies instead of the required 53. After the unsuccessful election, the opposition called for continuing riots in the country, the next day the Republicans promised that they would change their decision.

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The opposition said that if he was elected prime minister, he would leave his post immediately after certain conditions were met. “When I see that full-fledged conditions have been created for holding truly democratic, legitimate and transparent elections, I will resign,” he promised.

The election of the new head of government took place against the background of the political crisis in the country which began in mid-April with rallies after the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan to the post of prime minister. At the same time, Pashinyan demanded, in ultimatum form, that he be elected prime minister.

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