Friday, 13 December

Pashinyan Says Republican Party of Armenia, Prosperous Armenia and the ARF Have Promised Not to Nominate Candidates for the Post of Prime Minister



After spending two and a half hours discussing the scenario of future snap parliamentary election, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan left the National Assembly and declared to a crowd of thousands outside that officials from the Republican Party of Armenia, Prosperous Armenia Party and the ARF had promised not to nominate candidates for the post of prime minister during the first and second voting stages after he resigns from the post.

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 regain power.

Pashinyan has called for elections this December, while the Republican Party of Armenia, Prosperous Armenia and ARF factions want the elections postponed until May-June of next year.

The bill would ban the dissolution of the parliament by other than legal means.

Pashinyan told the demonstrators that MPs from the three above parties had asked him to explain the need for snap parliamentary elections, to which he responded that the sitting parliament, in which the RPA enjoys a relative majority, does not reflect the will of the people and that snap elections are needed to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the country.

If elections were to be held next May, as the three parties want, Pashinyan argued that it would only prolong the current crisis by another seven months.

“Our position is that elections must be held this December because they logically can’t be held any sooner. The specific deadline depends on the day that I resign. Holding snap parliamentary elections is the demand of the people and nation,” Pashinyan said.

Pashinyan described the bill to alter the parliament’s rules of procedure as an artificial hindrance to the dissolution of the current parliament and the holding of snap elections.

The approved bill would allow for the stoppage of parliamentary sessions in force majeure circumstances or when MPs are prevented from voting, only to be continued when such hindrances are no longer present.

 


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Comments (5)
1. Գեւորգ09:02 - 3 October, 2018
Նիկոլ ջան, սրանց բանավոր ու գրավոր ասածներով հատորներ կարելի է լցնել: Իսկ ուկրաինացիները ժողովրդի դեմ գնացողներին քաղաքավարի մտցնում էին աղբի յաշիկները .... ոնց որ շուտ էր օգնում: Եվրոպացիներն էլ ծափ էին տալիս: (Սա բռնության կոչ չէ, այլ միայն եղածի արձանագրում:)
2. gabe Korajian06:55 - 4 October, 2018
Don't believe them. as soon as Pashinyan resign, the Republicans will appoint their own Prime Minister. Do you remember when Sargsyan said he was not interested in becoming the next Prime Minister? As soon as the Consitution was changed and the Parliamentary System adopted, he became the first Prime Minister. Don't trust those guys. They will take over and never leave until further bloodshed. And this time, a lot of blood will spill.
3. Gerald Miller23:46 - 4 October, 2018
Agree 100% with Gabe Korajian! Don’t be surprised! OR, if no longer in power they will sew chaos on departure! They hope to one day regain power after their chaos has been effective! Beware and best of good fortune!
4. Oscar13:58 - 5 October, 2018
The Armenian people have already proven that they can place anyone they wish in the Prime Ministership. Believe that you have the Republicans on the ropes and terrified. Do not fear bloodshed. Pashinyan has been one step ahead of these guys every step of the way. My Step has a plan and they are executing it beautifully.
5. Garbis16:56 - 5 October, 2018
Pashinyan has unfortunatly no international expirience. His last statements about the azerbaydjani President Aliev "Very Educated and Rational Personality" worries me a lot. He is not allowed to make mistake in case of Artsakh. All effort of velvet revolution will become quickly vanished, if he is not careful in his political engagement as prime minister.
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