Three parliamentary factions confirm they will vote for national candidate in prime ministerial elections
Three factions in the National Assembly of Armenia will vote for the only candidate put forward for the country’s prime ministership – opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan.
Pashinyan began street protests against the current authorities on 13 April. On 23 April Serzh Sargsyan, the then-prime minister of Armenia, resigned. The Yelk party nominated Pashinyan, the leader of both Yelk and the opposition movement, in parliament for the position of prime minister. Protesters of the ‘Violet Revolution’ demanded that a ‘national candidate’ be elected as prime minister by the nation.
Pashinyan met with representatives of all four parliamentary factions yesterday and answered their questions. Three of the four parties said that today, on 1 May, they would vote for him as the next prime minister of Armenia.
The parliamentary majority, held by the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), has not announced yet how it will vote.
Nikol Pashinyan will be elected if the majority of the 105 MPs vote for him. If he does not receive a majority vote, or if the RPA refuses to vote, parliament will be dissolved and snap elections called.
President Armen Sargsyan has announced that he will approve of whoever is elected by parliament.