Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has entered the National Assembly to discuss the matter of holding snap parliamentary elections.
Thousands of demonstrators earlier this evening gathered outside the National Assembly, at the urging of Pashinyan, to protest today’s parliamentary approval of a controversial bill seen by Pashinyan as an attempt by the Republican Party of Armenia to stave off snap parliamentary elections.
Pashinyan has called for elections this December, while the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), Prosperous Armenia and ARF factions want the elections postponed until May-June of next year.
The RPA enjoys a relative majority in parliament with its fifty deputies.
A group of protesters attempted to enter the parliament but were stopped by MPs of the Pashinyan-backed Yelk Alliance.