"Finish the Velvet Revolution" Armenian Opposition Leader Tells Supporters

Published April 25th, 2018 - 09:18 GMT
Lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan tells supporters to "finish the velvet revolution" in a bid to be the next prime minister of Armenia (AFP/File Photo)
Lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan tells supporters to "finish the velvet revolution" in a bid to be the next prime minister of Armenia (AFP/File Photo)

A senior opposition figure in Armenia has called on his supporters to take to the streets in the capital, Yerevan, to “finish the revolution,” declaring that he is ready to be the country’s next prime minister.

Lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan has played a key role in leading tens of thousands of people during almost two weeks of rallies that forced Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan to finally announce his resignation on Monday.

On Wednesday, Pashinyan urged Armenians to come out “and finish the velvet revolution” after planned talks with the ruling Republican Party were canceled late Tuesday.

Pashinyan said that the next step would be the election of a new prime minister by the parliament and the holding of early parliamentary elections.

“If people put this responsibility on me, I’m ready to become the prime minister,” he told reporters, and vowed to try to maintain a balance in foreign policy if he is elected.

 

 

In the meantime, Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, who is a close ally of Sargsyan, called on President Armen Sarkissian to organize another meeting “with the participation of parliamentary and non-parliamentary political forces.”

The president, also an ally of the ousted prime minister, was sworn in earlier this month after being elected by the parliament. He said one of the topics on a rescheduled session could be holding early parliamentary elections, something the opposition wants as well.

Sargsyan, 63, was appointed prime minister this month after serving 10 years as the country’s president.

Armenia revised its constitution in 2015. The document, which was approved in a referendum, made the presidency largely ceremonial but strengthened the office of the prime minister. Sargsyan had formerly promised not to seek the post of the prime minister, but his majority in parliament appointed him to the post.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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