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

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

Armenia's Parliament on Tuesday elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan to become the country's next prime minister.

Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, the third President of Armenia who took office as PM April 17, resigned amid mass protests on April 23.

Pashinyan spearheaded weeks of protests that eventually prompted the former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, to step down. If a new Prime Minister is elected in the second elections and again the action plan isn't approved, the parliament is dissolved and snap elections take place.

He first ran for the parliament in 2007 as the top candidate of an opposition group that challenged then President Robert Kocharian.

"We won! We made history today!" said Gurgen Simonyan, 22, a student in the crowd.

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In May 2011, as a result of dialogue between the political opposition lead by Ter-Petrosian and the authorities of Armenia, Pashinyan was released from prison and in 2012 was elected as an MP, presented by the political alliance "Armenian National Congress" lead by Ter-Petrosian. Pashinyan didn't have enough votes to win the seat because Sargsyan's party still holds a majority in parliament. "The page of hatred should be turned", he said, adding: "May God help us". There will be no people enjoying privileges in Armenia.

Its isolation led it to depend heavily on former colonial ruler Moscow. Russian Federation has not intervened in the recent political events and Mr Pashinyan told MPs that relations with Moscow would be a priority, particularly military co-operation. "Jobs will appear, people will return, corruption will disappear", said demonstrator Tigran Azizian, a 42-year-old worker in the city's subway. "He is one of the few political guys in Armenia who really changed", said Samvel Martirosyan, a specialist in internet security and a veteran political observer. They said that he will fail to attract large crowds.

Supporters brought the country to a halt, joking that it was a measure of Mr. Pashinyan's influence that he could make Armenians do things on time.

Pashinynan faces tough challenges. He said his first priority was to organize the first fair parliamentary elections in many years.

He said he would fire some holdovers from the ruling elite, among them the defense minister, but said there would be no "pogrom".

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