The leader of the wave of protests that created a surprise power vacuum in Armenia said Sunday that he met with the country's new president and hopes to secure his support to become prime minister. "Guided by these challenges and priorities, the RPA decided that the RPA faction of the National Assembly will not nominate a candidate for Prime Minister", party spokesperson Eduard Sharmazanov said on Saturday.
Pashinyan earlier met with members of his Elk faction. The opposition, consisting of Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia Party, the Yelk (Way Out) block, of which Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party is a part, and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, hold 47 seats in total.
Nikol Pashinyan, who had been leading anti-governmental protests, believes that "the recent events in the country will further strengthen Armenia's position in the negotiations on the Karabakh conflict settlement".
Pashinian, who was nominated unanimously by his Yelk alliance, led nearly two weeks of street protests in April that forced the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan.
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"So I am proud that people have their opinion and they can express that".
Pashinyan said on Monday he discussed a "peaceful and legal settlement" of the crisis with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell.
Pashinian told thousands of people attending the evening rally that he has the support of the three other parties represented in the Armenian parliament. The "EFC" in Parliament to nine seats. A candidate needs 53 votes to get elected.
The announcement coincided with the resumption of protests in the capital Yerevan after a two-day moratorium during which demonstrations against the Republican Party and official corruption were held in smaller cities.