Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Wave of protests sweeps new leader into power in Armenia

Wave of protests sweeps new leader into power in Armenia

Thousands of supporters gathered to celebrate in the capital of Yerevan as Pashinyan won the vote 59 to 42, according to the BBC. A "drastic" change in Armenia foreign policy would only hurt the country, he said.

Under Armenia's constitution, if a prime minister is not elected in the second vote, parliament will be dissolved and early general elections would be held with the HHK-led acting government in charge of the electoral process.

On May 8, the RA National Assembly convened a special sitting to discuss the item of the RA Prime Minister's election with the force of law, under Paragraph 3 of Article 140 of the RA Constitutional Law the NA Rules of Procedure.

Armenia is also involved in a long-lasting conflict with Azerbaijan over the mountainous territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave with an ethnic Armenian majority that lies inside Azerbaijan's borders.

However, Armenia has changed its government structure, giving the prime minister more power than the presidency. Russian Federation in turn has strong strategic interests in the country, where it has a military base.

The antigovernment protests led by Pashinian forced longtime former President Serzh Sarkisian and head of the HHK last month to step down as prime minister just days after he was elected to the position by parliament. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian".

Pashinyan, the MP who spearheaded massive demonstrations throughout the country for about two weeks, failed to be elected by a 56-45 vote in the first round of voting.

Honoring Armenia's bond with the Kremlin, Russian media said Pashinyan will visit the Black Sea resort of Sochi next week for a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Union, a Russian-backed alternative to the European Union comprising a small group of former Soviet states. He was nominated y the ruling Republican Party.

Armenia is a country of about three million people nestled in mountains between Iran, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Sargsyan resigned the premiership six days after his appointment.

On April 17, the Armenian parliament elected Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, the ex-President of the country, who a week after the end of his presidential term became the PM of the country, so maintaining most of the power in his own hands.

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