Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced his resignation via a televised speech on October 16, paving the way for parliamentary elections in December.
"The goal is to conduct extraordinary parliamentary elections and return the power to the people," said Pashinyan.
Holding snap parliamentary elections has been Pashinyan’s main agenda item since gaining the post following the “velvet revolution’ past spring. In fact, it was one of the demands of the Revolution.
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.
If Pashinyan did not resign, the next parliamentary elections would be held in 2022, which means that the Republican Party will continue its control of the parliament until then.
Nikol Pashinyan stressed that there is no force against the people's will. "Parliamentary forces have shown that, regardless of the disagreements in our country, its stability is a red line that will not be crossed."
He also sent a message of temperance to the former parliament majority, the Republican Party of Armenia: "We have criticized and still criticize you, but this does not mean that we are looking for or should look for enemies in Armenia."
"During this whole year, I will continue to fulfill the constitutional powers of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and I will continue to be the guarantor of the people's victory. If you vote for confidence in December, I will be re-elected to the post of the prime minister," he said.
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