Serj Tankian to visit Armenia on May 7

Sergio Conner
May 8, 2018

On May 1, the Armenian parliament failed to elect a new prime minister, with the only candidate, Pashinyan, receiving 45 votes out of the required 53, which led to the resuming of protests.

On April 27, authorities refuse to negotiate with Pashinyan, accusing him of dictating his "agenda" as mass rallies are held in his support. "Tomorrow.will be the day of the victory of Armenian citizens". The acting Prime Minister was appointed Karen Karapetyan, associate Sargsyan from the ruling Republican party of Armenia.

Head of "Yelk" bloc parliamentary faction, candidate of Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan informs that member of the world famous System of a Down rock group Serj Tankian will arrive in Yerevan on May 7, reported. "You managed to turn your anger and despair into a positive movement", he told the crowd... At the leader's behest, tens of thousands of Armenians answered the call for a nationwide strike.

If this happens, Pashinyan will focus his efforts on electoral reform that could be followed by a snap election; this would likely benefit the leader's Way Out Alliance, which now only holds nine seats in the 105-member parliament.

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The opposition notes that in his speech he will announce the schedule on may 8.

Pashinian who has campaigned against cronyism and corruption in the small, impoverished nation of three million, reportedly told RFE/RL on May 7: "I can assure you that there will not be oligarchs in government".

Pashinian also told journalists that he would not pursue revenge against his political adversaries if elected. "There will be no monopolies in our economy if I am elected". "In Armenia, the page of political and economic persecution has been closed", he said.

According to the law, in a week the Parliament will try to re-elect a prime minister.

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