URGENT: Pashinyan resigns to trigger dissolution of parliament
YEREVAN, OCTOBER 16, ARMENPRESS. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has resigned to trigger the process of disbanding the incumbent parliament (National Assembly) and calling early elections.
Pashinyan announced his resignation in a televised address tonight.
“As I said before, I am resigning today as Prime Minister of Armenia,” he said.
In an earlier interview to France24, Pashinyan had said: “Early elections should be held around Dec. 9-10, give or take a day. It will be in that timeframe so I will have to tender my resignation by Oct. 16”.
Under the law, the incumbent parliament will be dissolved in the event of failing to elect a new prime minister twice.
Pashinyan took office after massive protests in April forced president-turned PM Serzh Sargsyan to resign. But Sargsyan’s Republican Party (HHK) still has most seats in parliament. Since taking office, PM Nikol Pashinyan has numerously said that the incumbent parliament doesn’t represent the people and that early elections should take place as soon as possible.
Below is an excerpt from Article 149 of the Constitution of Armenia on Election and Appointment of the Prime Minister:
“In case the Prime Minister submits a resignation or in other cases of the office of the Prime Minister becoming vacant, the factions of the National Assembly shall be entitled to nominate candidates for Prime Minister within a period of seven days after accepting the resignation of the Government. The National Assembly shall elect the Prime Minister by majority of votes of the total number of Deputies [Members of Parliament]. In case Prime Minister is not elected, a new election of Prime Minister shall be held seven days after voting, wherein the candidates for Prime Minister nominated by at least one third of the total number of Deputies shall be entitled to participate. In case Prime Minister is not elected by majority of votes of the total number of Deputies, the National Assembly shall be dissolved by virtue of law”.
Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan