Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

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"I can assure you that there will not be oligarchs in government", Pashinian said, adding, "There will be no monopolies in our economy if I am elected".

Parliament announces it will convene for an extraordinary session on May 8 to elect a prime minister. It is known that Pashinyan was the only candidate for this post.

Pashinian has threatened to stage another general strike if the HHK fails to vote for his candidacy on May 8.

Pashinian told journalists on May 7 that he will not seek revenge against his political adversaries if elected. Pashinian said on May 5 that he would not rule out cooperation with HHK if he becomes the country's next prime minister.

Despite the protests, the Armenian Parliament elected Sargsyan head of the Cabinet on the same day.

Russia, which has a military base in Armenia, says the settlement of the crisis should be "solely within the legal framework".

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But Mirzoian said that wealthy business people linked to the outgoing Armenian government would not risk losing their assets once Pashinian is appointed.

Tankian, who has offered his support for Pashinian's protest movement, addressed the cheering crowds in Armenian.

Serj Tankian, a popular United States rock musician and singer of the Armenian origin, has arrived in Yerevan to support the opposition movement, as he said earlier, a TASS correspondent reported from Yerevan's Zvartnots global airport on Monday. "You managed to turn your anger and despair into a positive movement", he told the crowd...

Tens of thousands of Pashinyan supporters gather again in Yerevan over the next days in a massive show of force ahead of the parliamentary vote they hope will help propel him to power. For its part, the HHK said it will vote for whichever candidate is backed by at least one-third of lawmakers, a margin held by the candidate.

Weeks of antigovernment protests led by Pashinian forced two-time former president Serzh Sarkisian to resign as prime minister just days after he was elected to the position by the parliament, controlled by his Republican Party of Armenia.