Armenian parliament will be dissolved after failing to elect Pashinyan as premier

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YEREVAN, November 1. /TASS/. The Armenian parliament has once again failed to elect Nikol Pashinyan as the country’s prime minister on Thursday, which means that a snap parliamentary election will be called. The parliament’s special session was broadcast live on local TV news channels.

“No one voted for Pashinyan, no one voted against him, while 13 abstained from voting,” Parliament Speaker Ara Babloyan said following the vote.

Pashinyan resigned as Armenian prime minister on October 16. On October 24, the parliament failed to elect him to head the cabinet in the first round of election.

In accordance with the country’s Constitution, the parliament is dissolved after twice failing to elect a prime minister, and a snap election is called. Pashinyan has already said the election would take place on December 9.

Armenia had to face a political anomaly following the May 8 change of power. Although massive street protests forced lawmakers to elect opposition leader Pashinyan as prime minister, he did not have majority support in the parliament.

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