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Monday 3 May 2021

Armenian Parliament Votes Down Pashinyan as PM


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YEREVAN (ArmenPress) – Armenian Parliament voted down caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in the first round of vote in order to trigger early elections.

One lawmaker voted to elect Pashinyan, three opposed and 75 abstained. Pashinyan was the only candidate nominated by the ruling My Step.

The Prosperous Armenia BHK opposition party boycotted the special session and the voting.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned on April 25 to trigger the snap election of parliament. The entire Cabinet also resigned. Holding early elections requires the dissolution of parliament, which in turn can happen when the legislature twice fails to elect a prime minister after the incumbent steps down. Pashinyan said during his resignation that his bloc will formally nominate and subsequently vote him down during both votings in order to maintain the technical requirements to disband the legislature.

The second and final round of vote takes place a week after the first one.

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