Nikol Pashinyan: A New Armenian Prime Minister in the Making

Nikol Pashinyan at a Protest demonstration in Yerevan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Nikol Pashinyan at a Protest demonstration in Yerevan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

After days of protests against the government in Armenia, the country will have a new Prime Minister on May 8.

The country has been in crisis over former Prime Minister Sargsyan’s insistence to stick to power.

As a result, people took to the street against Serzh Sargsyan’s desire to stick to power after a controversial reformation of the constitution.

The Armenian constitution was transformed into a Parliamentarian system to pave the then President Sargsyan, who already served twice as president, to stick to power as prime minister.

The Armenians, however, came out to the street under the opposition leader Pashinyan’s leadership in thousands and forced Sargsyan to resign.

The demonstration, however, was not only limited to the former prime minister. The people’s wrath was against the whole ruling elite.

In pursuit of having a new Prime Minister, the opposition parties of the Armenian parliament have proposed Mr. Pashinyan as their united candidate.

The ruling Republican Party decided on May 1 that they will not support Pashinyan’s bid for Prime Minister.

Despite having the support of the opposition parties, Pashinyan had to win at least six Republican MPs’ support to become the Prime Minister.

When the ruling party refused to support his candidacy, he called on fresh protests against the ruling elites.

The Republican Party, under public pressure, declared that they will support any candidate who wins one-third of the MPs’ support.

Following the Republican Party’s move, opposition leader Mr. Pashinyan called off the demonstrations.

During addressing tens of thousands of people in Yerevan, Mr. Pashinyan said, “The issue has practically been solved.”

“All factions said they would support my candidacy … We are suspending protests and going to have a rest.”

Mr. Pashinyan later told in an interview with Doha based Al Jazeera that the “movement, the revolution will win and it is just a matter of time.”

Mr. Pashinyan said: “We are doing this to show that the Republican Party has no power left in Armenia. There’s no Armenia for the Republican Party to govern.”

He added: “After yesterday’s event in the parliament, the circle of our supporters became larger and today’s scale of civil disobedience is much bigger than two days ago.”

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