Armenian opposition to gather at parliament for PM vote

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Noting that many corruption scandals in the world are offshore deals and money overseas, he proposed to establish a special state agency, for example, the ethics committee, for controlling accounts of Armenian officials at any spot all over the world.

With the selection scheduled for Tuesday, Nikol Pashinian so far is the only candidate formally nominated for the prime minister's post. He is the only candidate for this position.

During the parliamentary debate, Republican Party lawmakers accused Pashinyan or being an irresponsible rabble-rouser, they alleged he recruited children to join his protest movement, and said he lacked the qualities to command the Armenian armed forces.

Earlier Tuesday Pashinyan failed in his bid to become prime minister after the ruling Republican Party withheld its support in a crucial vote, raising fears of worsening political turmoil.

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Over the weekend he had secured the backing of two major parties including Prosperous Armenia and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, giving him a total of 47 votes.

On the same day, Armen Sarkissian, Armenian president accepted the government's resignation.

The Elk or "Exit" opposition alliance formally announced Mr Pashinian's nomination at the start of the session, and the opposition leader himself later took the floor to answer the deputies' question before the vote was to be held.

Mr Sargsyan, who had served 10 years as president, stepped down on 23 April just days after being sworn in as PM.

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Mr. Pashinyan was the only nominee, but anyone who garners support from one-third of the members can stand next week.

On Sunday, RPA faction head Vahram Bagdasaryan said that the party would not impede Pashinyan's election.

"People should have genuine possibilities to influence the political situation and political decisions", he said.

Term limits forced him to leave, but lawmakers quickly elected him as prime minister in April, a move that came after legal changes that weakened the presidency's power while bolstering the prime minister's. Some voters accuse Sarksyan and his associates of cronyism and corruption, an allegation they deny.

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