During the second ballot the parliament of Armenia approved the candidacy of the new head of government. Deputies from the ruling party voted for the opposition leader of street protests.
Leader of the protest movement, head of the oppositional parliamentary faction of the Elk bloc, Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister of Armenia. The majority of deputies of the National Assembly supported Pashinyan. The crowd of his supporters in the capital’s Republic Square are jubilantly celebrating the victory of the protest movement.
Before the vote, the opposition leader pledged that his first visit the head of government would be a visit to Nagorno Karabakh on May 9.
“I want to familiarize yourself with the operational situation on the front line,” he pointed out. Pashinyan also promised that there would be no persecution in the country for political and economic reasons. “There will be no people with privileged rights in Armenia, everyone will be equal before the law,” he stressed.
At the same time, the politician stated that he would not engage in a “personnel pogrom” in the system of state administration. Business will be freed from “corruption schemes,” he pointed out.
Pashinyan promised that there would be no “total rejection of reforms and programs of the former government.” “However, if it turns out that they are ineffective, they will be discontinued,” he said.
Pashinyan was the only candidate for prime minister. To elect him, it was necessary to get at least 53 votes.
During the first ballot on May 1, the parliament of Armenia rejected the candidacy of Pashinyan by a majority of votes . After this, new protests began in Yerevan and in a number of cities of the republic.
A wave of mass protests in the capital and other cities of Armenia rose after former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was elected prime minister. The thousands of protests in the country began on April 13. The post of the head of government became the most important state post as a result of changing the form of government from the presidential to parliamentary. Under pressure from protesters on April 23, Sargsyan resigned, but protests in the country continued.