Armenian opposition leader elected head of government

The Armenian National Assembly has in the second vote on the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan to the post of the Prime Minister elected him to head the government after weeks of mass protests against the current Armenian ruling elite.

British-Canadian news agency Reuters reports that Russia, which operates its military base in Armenia, is wary of an uncontrolled change of power which would pull the country out of its orbit, but Pashinyan has noted that he would not break with the Kremlin.

Pashinyan is a former journalist and newspaper editor, who has spent time in prison for fomenting unrest. In the Armenian National Assembly he is a co-leader of the liberal party alliance Way Out.

During the vote on Tuesday, May 8, 59 lawmakers of the National Assembly supported Pashinyan’s candidacy also some from the ruling Republican Party, but 42 voted against.

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