Pashinyan’s crowd gathers in Yerevan’s central square awaiting election results
YEREVAN, MAY 1, ARMENPRESS. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan’s supporters have once again gathered in their main rally site – the Republic Square of Yerevan as they await the highly anticipated parliament sitting where the election of a Prime Minister will take place today.
The extraordinary sitting of the Armenian parliament will kick off 12:00.
Yelk faction leader Nikol Pashinyan, the opposition lawmaker who spearheaded the massive protests, is the only candidate for Prime Minister.
On April 23, at 16:00, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned as widespread protests entered the 11th day.
On the same day, as required by law, the government resigned.
First Deputy PM Karen Karapetyan was named acting PM at an emergency Cabinet meeting.
The Speaker of Parliament announced that elections of a new Prime Minister will be held May 1.
On April 28, HHK, the ruling party, said it will not nominate a candidate for Prime Minister in the upcoming election.
The Tsarukyan faction also said it will not nominate a candidate and endorsed “the people’s candidate”.
On April 29, the ARF said they endorse the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan for the upcoming election on May 1.
On April 30 the opposition Yelk faction officially nominated Pashinyan for the upcoming PM election. The three other factions – the HHK, Tsarukyan, and ARF, announced they will not nominate a candidate.
There are 4 factions in the Armenian parliament. The Republican Party (HHK) faction, the ruling party of Armenia, has 58 seats in the 105-seat unicameral parliament of Armenia – known as the National Assembly. The ARF faction – (Armenian Revolutionary Federation aka Dashnaktsutyun), has 7 seats. The Tsarukyan alliance has 31 seats, and the Yelk faction has 9 seats.
English –translator/editor: Stepan Kocharyan