Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   17 June

Pashinyan heads Im Kayl (My Step) alliance electoral list for general election

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 13, ARMENPRESS. The electoral list of Im Kayl (My Step) bloc in the upcoming early election of parliament will be led by caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, caretaker First Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan and MP Lena Nazaryan, the leader of the Yelk faction of parliament.

The list has been confirmed during a board session of the Civil Contract party.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Tigran Avinyan is #4 on the list, followed by caretaker minister of education and science Arayik Harutyunyan, MP Alen Simonyan, MP Sasun Michaelyan, caretaker minister of territorial administration and development Suren Papikyan and caretaker minister of culture Lilit Makunts.

All candidates except for caretaker PM Nikol Pashinyan will also run for parliament by district lists.

The general election is slated for December 9 in Armenia.

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned on October 16 to trigger the process of disbanding the parliament.

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 the 105-seat parliament. Since taking office, 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.

In accordance to the Constitution, when a Prime Minister resigns the parliament must elect a new PM within two weeks. Lawmakers deliberately failed to elect a new PM as a formality in order to pave the way for dissolution.

The last round took place on November 1 and the parliament was dissolved by virtue of law.

Later on the same day, President Armen Sarkissian signed an order on dissolving the parliament and calling early elections on December 9.

The parliament will function until the new parliament is elected.

The government is formally a caretaker government until a new government is formed after the election.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan

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