BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan said he is “very happy” following news that the opposition had gathered enough signatures to support his nomination as the next prime minister, speaking in Yerevan, Thursday.
“I am very happy that this understanding which exists in all the political forces has been finally expressed to a certain extent,” he stated.
Later on Thursday the Armenian Parliament voted to officially nominate Pashinyan for the prime minister’s post.
His nomination comes after the parliament failed to elect the PM on Tuesday after the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) voted against Pashinyan’s candidacy.
However, on Wednesday RPA revealed that they will support Pashinyan in the second vote. The announcement came after the opposition leader’s supporters blocked the country’s main roads, railways and airports in a mass demonstration.
The parliament is to hold the deciding vote on May 8, where Pashinyan needs to collect at least one third of the ballots to be elected as the PM.