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He later called off the demonstrations after the ruling party assured him of its support in his bid for prime minister. Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev said. Pashinyan had lost the original vote on May 1 due to initial opposition from the dominant Republican Party. He also promised to end corruption and election-rigging.

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.

"I'm confident that the joint work on all levels of bilateral cooperation will contribute to the further development and expansion of Armenian-Russian allied relations", the Prime Minister said. After 30 years of fighting with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region both countries claim, he has said he will make the enclave part of Armenia.

Protesters accused Sargsyan of attempting a power grab under a new parliamentary system of government passed in a 2015 referendum that the opposition says was tainted by irregularities. Russian Federation has not intervened in the recent political events and Mr Pashinyan told MPs that relations with Moscow would be a priority, particularly military co-operation. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian". Touching upon the nominee's passed path, the MP has noted that an opportunity is given not to go against the people of Armenia, the state interests, the national security of Armenia and Artsakh and called on to make use of that unique opportunity.

President Sarkissian congratulated Mr. Pashinyan on becoming the country's new prime minister.




He first ran for the parliament in 2007 as the top candidate of an opposition group that challenged then President Robert Kocharian.

He has said his first step will be to hold an early parliamentary election. "Corruption will be eradicated", Pashinyan said.

Less than a week later, on April 23, Sargsyan resigned amid continuing protests.

However, he was expected to be elected in a second vote on May 8, after the ruling Republican Party said it would back any candidate nominated by one-third of parliamentarians.

The road ahead will be tough not least because Pashinyan will be stuck with the recalcitrant Republican Party majority indefinitely.


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