Armenian opposition leader elected prime minister

Change of power in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh settlement

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

The Armenian parliament voted to elect opposition leader Nikol Pashinian prime minister on Tuesday almost one month after he launched sustained anti-government protests that led to resignation of Armenia's longtime leader, Serzh Sarkisian.

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.

The Armenian opposition leader who is almost certain to become the country's prime minister says he will not seek political revenge in the wake of the past month of tensions.

The majority (59) of the MPs voted for him, 42 voted against.

However, Armenia has changed its government structure, giving the prime minister more power than the presidency.

Addressing the parliament before the vote, Pashinian pledged to implement "very serious reforms" that would democratize Armenia, strengthen the rule of law and radically improve the domestic business environmental. The previous Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned amid mass demonstrations of opposition supporters. However, the HHK said it will not block the election and will support it.

"The spring of liberation has come to Armenia", one Pashinyan supporter, 56-year-old Sona Paremuzyan, told AFP in Yerevan.

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After that began in Armenia announced by the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan is a universal campaign of civil disobedience. "This process should continue, in line with the wishes of the Armenian people", Jagland said.

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. "Many people will want to see a country that has carried out this revolution of love and solidarity", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Pashinian, who has promised he'll continue close relations with Moscow.

The movement was in full swing throughout the republic for several weeks and got even stronger after the National Assembly failed to elect Pashinyan as the country's new prime minister on May 1.

"This is a real test case for Russia's politics in the former Soviet Republics", said Chatham House's Broers.

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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