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Armenian Opposition Leader Pashinyan Officially Nominated for Prime Minister

© Sputnik / Asatur Yesayants / Go to the mediabankLeader of the My Step opposition movement Nikol Pashinyan, left, at a rally on Republic Square in Yerevan
Leader of the My Step opposition movement Nikol Pashinyan, left, at a rally on Republic Square in Yerevan - Sputnik International
YEREVAN (Sputnik) - Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was officially nominated by the Way Out Alliance (Yelq) party's parliamentarygroup as a candidate for the post of the prime minister, member of the faction Ararat Mirzoyan told reporters on Monday.

"The group proposed Pashinyan's candidacy for the post of prime minister, and today Yelq will hold meetings with the other three factions of the parliament, including the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA)," Mirzoyan said.

The parliamentarian expressed confidence that all the lawmakers worried about the fate of the country would vote for Pashinyan.

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Earlier in the day, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation party said it would back Pashinyan for the position of prime minister. The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) decided not to field a candidate.

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A political crisis in Armenia broke out earlier in April after ex-President Serzh Sargsyan was nominated as prime minister. This has been largely regarded as Sargsyan's attempt to stay in power following two terms since the newly amended constitution transferred some of the presidential powers to the head of government.

Last Monday, Sargsyan resigned amid anti-government protests. Armenian First Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan became acting prime minister. Rallies continued as the opposition demands an interim prime minister, who will not be from the ruling party.

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