Karen Karapetyan resigns and congratulates new Armenian prime minister

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

The party that holds the majority of seats in Armenia's parliament says it now considers itself the opposition and won't cooperate with the new government.

On Tuesday, may 8, deputies of the Parliament of Armenia at the meeting of the elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinian for the post of Prime Minister.

Lawmakers voted 59 to 42 to approve Pashinian as prime minister. Mr Pashinyan, who had been detained and then released from jail during the protests, called for snap elections to choose a new "people's prime minister".

The results of the 2007 presidential elections were the most criticized elections in Armenian electoral history, and lead to the large popular movement supporting the candidacy of the First President of the country Ter-Petrosian.

The founder and head of Civil Contract party and lawmaker from the Yelk bloc, Pashinyan led the street campaign, which saw hundreds of thousands of Armenians taking to the streets in massive protests in the past several weeks. The prime minister is to receive all powers while President Armen Sargsyan who was elected by the parliament on March 2 is to perform representative functions. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian".

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Pashinyan, who was one of the main supporters of Ter-Petrosian, became a target for political presecutions and was forced to spend nearly 1.5 years "underground".

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland օn behalf of the Council of Europe congratulated Nikol Pashinyan on his election as Prime Minister of Armenia.

The protests which brought the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan were the biggest in Armenia since the Declaration of Independence in 1991 and started as sudden movement, unxpected by both experts and the political opposition. "There will be no people with privileged rights in Armenia, everyone will be equal before the law", he stressed. "Many people will want to see a country that has carried out this revolution of love and solidarity", he said. That move appeared to ensure Pashinian would be chosen Tuesday. However, after six days in power, he was ousted amid mass protests on April 23.

With his fiery rhetoric and penchant for asking awkward questions, Pashinyan quickly became a thorn in the side of the ruling party.

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