Holding snap parliamentary elections has been Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s main agenda item since gaining the post following the “velvet revolution’ past spring. Per the 2015 constitutional changes in the country, special parliamentary elections are automatically scheduled if the sitting prime minister resigns and the parliament does not elect a new prime minister after holding two votes in two consecutive sessions.
- Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced he will resign on October 16.
- The President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, will immediately accept the resignation of the prime minister.
- Within seven days after the resignation, the National Assembly must nominate a candidate.
- The Republican Party of Armenia and the Tsarukyan Faction, which make up the majority in Parliament, announced that they will not nominate candidates for prime minister.
- If prime minister is not elected, new election will be held seven days later.
- If the prime minister is not elected for the second time, the parliament will be dissolved.
- Extraordinary elections will be held no earlier than 30 days and no later than 45 days after the dissolution of the parliament.