Nikol Pashinyan is elected Prime Minister of Armenia

Change of power in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh settlement

The leader of protests that gripped Armenia for weeks was named the country's new prime minister on Tuesday, overcoming the immediate political turmoil but raising uncertainty about the longer term.

As reported, the candidacy Pashinian voted 59 deputies.

In a referendum in 2015, Armenia adopted constitutional changes to move the powers from the president to the prime minister. A general strike across Armenia took place the following day, and eventually Republican MPs agreed they would back him in an 8 May vote.

The founder and head of Civil Contract party and lawmaker from the Yelk bloc, Pashinyan led the street campaign, which saw hundreds of thousands of Armenians taking to the streets in massive protests in the past several weeks.

Former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign in April in response to a series of protests triggered by his appointment as prime minister, after he had already served as president for a decade.

Numerous supporters are wearing white clothes, symbolizing their hopes that Pashinian's election will bring a new page in Armenia.

A year later Pashinian was elected to the National Assembly on the ticket of Ter-Petrosian's Armenian National Congress (HAK).

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The protests which brought the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan were the biggest in Armenia since the Declaration of Independence in 1991 and started as sudden movement, unxpected by both experts and the political opposition.

"There will be no privileged people in Armenia". "Many people will want to see a country that has carried out this revolution of love and solidarity", he said.

She said she hopes Pashinyan will "clean the system" and "protect the people's interests", adding: "There is no need to keep protesting; now we're just going to celebrate". "The victory is that you chose who would be prime minister".

It has been an unlikely rise to power in the post-Soviet republic of about three million for the former newspaper editor.

The Republican Party, which has a majority of parliament seats, later underlined the difficulty by declaring it's now in opposition.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Pashinian, who has promised he'll continue close relations with Moscow. As a result of the protests, 23 APR Sargsyan has resigned.

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