Armenian Protest Leader Pashinian Only Candidate For Premier

Armenia's Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan: The man who took down Armenia's prime minister

Prime minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign on Monday, and Pashinyan is now seeking the appointment as prime minister by the National Assembly of what he calls "the people's candidate", the formation of a temporary government and snap parliamentary elections.

Pashinyan earlier met with members of his Elk faction.

The Armenian opposition coalition that spearheaded two weeks of anti-government rallies confirmed Monday that it had nominated 42-year-old Nikol Pashinian to become prime minister of this impoverished Caucasus Mountains nation.

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Opponents said the new system would have allowed Sargsyan to remain Armenia's leader indefinitely.

HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov said Republican lawmakers plan to consider all other candidates, then vote as a bloc.

Russian Federation has urged compromise while the United States has called for "a resolution that reflects the interests of all Armenians".

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Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan attends a rally in Yerevan, Armenia, on April 30, 2018.

"I think this is a unique and great opportunity to resolve the domestic political crisis and to register the victory of the people, the kind of victory in which there are no losers", Pashinyan, a former journalist turned lawmaker, said.

He is so far the only person to put himself forward and, as of Sunday, had received the support of all opposition parties in parliament that hold 47 seats of the 105-seat legislature where the Republicans have a majority. A candidate needs 53 votes to get elected.

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On April 23, in the midst of protests, Zakharova said that the people, who have the strength to maintain respect for each other despite categorical disagreements even at the most hard moments of their history, are a great nation. The ruling Republican Party has not nominated its candidate.

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