Nikol Pashinyan the only opposition candidate for prime minister of Armenia

May 01, 2018, 08:44
Nikol Pashinyan the only opposition candidate for prime minister of Armenia

"I plan to form a government of accord", he said at a meeting with lawmakers with the ruling Republican Party, TASS reported. He said that the decision would be announced before the voting.

On April 30 the opposition Yelk faction officially nominated Pashinyan for the upcoming PM election. The ruling Republican Party has not nominated its candidate.

He pledged to do no "personnel purges" if he was elected prime minister. Armenia is in a political crisis.

Pashinian, who was nominated unanimously by his Yelk alliance, led nearly two weeks of street protests in April that forced the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan.

"Taking into account the domestic political situation, the RPA has always said that its priority is the state interest, the fatherland's interest, the security of Armenia and Artsakh [Nagorno-Karabakh], and domestic stability. The methodology must be institutional, because there are relevant institutions in Armenia and they must care in order for me to have all necessary information in the event of being elected Prime Minister", Pashinyan said.

He needs the backing of some members of the ruling Republican Party, which has 58 seats.

The second-largest parliamentary faction, the Tsarukian Alliance, also has pledged to support Pashinian.

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

On April 28, HHK, the ruling party, said it will not nominate a candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming election.

The head of the protest movement that ousted the country's veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian last week, Pashinyan is the only candidate in the running for the premiership and insists that only he can rid Armenia of corruption and poverty and conduct free and fair legislative elections.

On April 23, in the midst of protests, Zakharova said that the people, who have the strength to maintain respect for each other despite categorical disagreements even at the most hard moments of their history, are a great nation.

Pashinyan's supporters blocked traffic in the capital city of Yerevan as they marched to Republic Square for an anti-government rally.

The remaining two political forces Tsarukyan bloc and Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) said that they would support the "people's candidate", i.e., Pashinyan.

Pashinian told thousands of people attending the evening rally that he has the support of the three other parties represented in the Armenian Parliament.

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