Armenian Opposition Leader Pashinyan: Protesters Will Block Streets, Airport, Everything

Armenia in political turmoil after Parliament fails to elect new prime minister

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan falls short in PM bid

On May 1, the National Assembly of Armenia is electing the prime minister.

Tens of thousands of people have packed a square outside Armenia's parliament building as it prepares to vote on a new prime minister. The Republican Party (RPA) faction, the ruling party of Armenia, has 58 seats in the 105-seat unicameral parliament of Armenia - known as the National Assembly.

Armenia's opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan has warned the country's parliament that his exclusion from power could escalate demonstrations on the streets.

During the parliamentary debate, Republican Party lawmakers accused Pashinyan or being an irresponsible rabble-rouser, they alleged he recruited children to join his protest movement, and said he lacked the qualities to command the Armenian armed forces.

"We will block the streets, the airports, the metro, the railway, everything that can be blocked", Pashinyan told his cheering supporters on Yerevan's Republic Square.

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"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.

Reacting to the announcement, Mr Pashinyan said: "With its discussions, the Republican Party has finally and irreversibly destroyed itself".

It's "people on one side and 20-25 Republican party members on the other", he said. However, only 45 parliament members voted in his favor, while he needed to receive at least 53 votes to become prime minister. He later changed his mind inviting the supporters to gather on Republic Square at 11 a.m. local time (10 a.m. Moscow Time). He is the only candidate for prime minister, but the chamber is controlled by the Sargsyan's ruling party.

But parliament deputy speaker and Republican Party spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov said on May 1 that he was not pleased with what he heard in a meeting with Pashinian a day earlier.

Noting that many corruption scandals in the world are offshore deals and money overseas, he proposed to establish a special state agency, for example, the ethics committee, for controlling accounts of Armenian officials at any spot all over the world. The party did not put forward its own candidate or say beforehand how its lawmakers would vote.

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