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Armenia protest leader bids to become new prime minister

Armenia protest leader bids to become new prime minister”

The Armenian National Assembly is set to elect Prime Minister on May.

On Saturday, after days of frantic negotiations, two major parties said they would back Pashinyan, but he was still six votes short of the 53 he needs from the 105-seat legislature. According to Pashinyan, either he is elected prime minister or no one is. Despite "a certain progress", the MP called on "non-violent actions of civil disobedience", Interfax quoted him as saying during a Facebook Live broadcast.

"I had a meeting with an official from Moscow and got reassurance that Russian Federation would not intervene in Armenia's internal affairs", Pashinyan told protesters gathered in Republic square in central Yerevan.

"An extremely important rally is expected, and we should display our resolve and show that we can not be broken down", Pashinian said. It also reported that supporters of opposition have gathered near the government building. Sargsyan resigned from the office this week, while the ruling Republican party chose not to run its candidate.

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"By not putting forward a candidate, we will avoid confrontation and an increase in security risks. we are not putting anyone forward in the state's interest", he told reporters.

Pashinian's Yelk alliance has nine seats. Many of those who supported Pashinian, are students.

"The Secretary General spoke with the President of the Republic of Armenia Armen Sargsyan this morning".

HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov said Republican lawmakers plan to consider all other candidates, then vote as a bloc.

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Armenia is a close Russian ally and the crisis there has seen tens of thousands of people take to the streets in anti-government protests over the last two weeks that forced the resignation of Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister on Monday.

On the streets of Armenia's capital again came the protesters.

The United States continues to monitor closely the situation in Armenia, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Saturday, April 28.

She affirmed that the US supports the ongoing efforts of the Office of President Armen Sarkissian to facilitate dialogue between all parties, and to reach a resolution that reflects the interests of all Armenians. As a result, the parliamentary vote is turning into a showdown.

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Nikol Pashinian, who leads the opposition and wants to be nominated for prime minister, held talks earlier Thursday with parliamentary factions to secure support for his candidacy. The protests were initially limited to opposing former president Serzh Sargsyan's appointment as Prime Minister, but their demands have now expanded to include a new government from outside the ruling Republican Party, and new elections to be held under a new electoral code.

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