Armenia ruling coalition formally nominates ex-president Sargsyan's candidacy as next PM

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

Thousands gathered in Yerevan's Liberty Square on April 13 to voice their opposition to Serzh Sargsyan, the country's former president, becoming the country's next prime minister.

As reported by Oxu.Az, the vice speaker of the Armenian parliament, a member of the executive body of the Republican Party of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov, stated this on Monday.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) factions on April 16 unanimously approved Sarkisian as the nominee for the post.

A day earlier, Nikol Pashinyan, the head of the parliamentary opposition faction Yelk, started a round-the-clock action in protest against the possible premiership of Serzh Sargsyan. The protesters blocked traffic, which paralyzed for the third day.

"Our workplace is the National Assembly", he said. Lines of riot police stopped the crowd from advancing further toward parliament.

The RPA will nominate Serzh Sargsyan as candidate for the next Prime Minister.

The country's new figurehead president, Armen Sarkisian, was sworn in last week but his powers will be weaker under a new parliamentary system of government. Pashinian and other opposition leaders now accuse him of breaking that pledge.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Serzh Sarkisian's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.