Armenian president formally appoints Pashinyan as prime minister

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Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

"The Republican Party has made the political decision to support the candidate nominated ... for the sake of stability in our country", said Vahram Bagdasaryan, the head of the Republicans' faction in parliament, in a speech before the vote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin later sent a telegram congratulating Pashinyan on his election, hoping that he will strengthen ties between the two countries, said the Kremlin according to the RIA news agency.

Tens of thousands of supporters of Nikol Pashinian are celebrating on the central square of Armenia's capital after the protest leader was elected the country's prime minister. The opposition accuses Sargsyan, who was twice elected president, of poor governance and deterioration of economic situation in the country.

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Armenia's parliament has opened a session to elect a prime minister, for which opposition lawmaker and protest leader Nikol Pashinian is the only nominee.

Not one to do things by halves, Pashinyan on Wednesday will visit the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnically Armenian territory that broke away from Azerbaijan as the Soviet Union crumbled a quarter-century ago.

But governance changes that in tandem bolstered the prime minister's office led to accusations that Mr Sargsyan had manipulated the constitution to cling to power.

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Russian Federation has strong strategic interests in Armenia, including a military base, and had been watching the country's political turmoil closely. "The Republican Party's votes will go towards making up for any votes missing from the 53 needed for the election of a prime minister", member of parliament Samvel Farmanyan said.

"I can assure you that there will not be oligarchs in government", Pashinian said, adding, "There will be no monopolies in our economy if I am elected". There will be no people enjoying privileges in Armenia. They included 13 lawmakers representing Sarkisian's Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).

Pashinyan, the MP who spearheaded massive demonstrations throughout the country for about two weeks, failed to be elected by a 56-45 vote in the first round of voting. He said his first priority was to organize the first fair parliamentary elections in many years.

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As EADaily reported earlier, Serzh Sargsyan resigned on April 23 amidst protest actions against his election.

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