Armenian prime minister to be elected on May 1

Armenia's Parliament To Vote For New Prime Minister On May 1

Armenia's Parliament To Vote For New Prime Minister On May 1

The Armenian parliament will elect the country's new prime minister on May 1, according to a statement posted on the parliament's website on Thursday.

On April 23, Serzh Sargsyan, formerly the president who was elected as the prime minister by the parliament on April 17, resigned amid mass protests that broke out across the country on April 13.

Russia has two military bases in the ex-Soviet republic, and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Armenian President Armen Sarkissian by phone on Wednesday. Then, as his second and last term was winding down, the country's constitution was amended to give the position of prime minister more power and make the presidential seat more of a ceremonial role.

The Armenian parliament is expected to vote on the new prime minister in the coming days.

Opposition protest leader Nikol Pashinian has said he is prepared to be a candidate.

If elected, he wants to reform the electoral system to ensure it is fair before holding new parliamentary elections.

Protesters said Thursday they would be taking to the streets until the ruling elites were ousted. Pashinian has said he is prepared to be a candidate, but it is unclear if he will get support.

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"The Republican Party has lost its power, and should recognise the victory of the people without any conditions", he said.

Serzh Sargsyan quit as prime minister on Monday.

Pashinyan called a temporary halt to protests across the country and said he was willing to hold talks with acting head of government Karen Karapetyan on Friday in front of journalists.

Pashinyan said on Wednesday he had received assurances from Russian officials that Moscow would not intervene in the crisis, and Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian was in Moscow on Thursday for talks.

From now on we have a new page in the history of Armenia.

Although the demonstrations have been peaceful, the upheaval has threatened to destabilise Armenia, an ally of Russian Federation, in a volatile region riven by a decades-long, low-level conflict with neighbouring Azerbaijan.

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