Armenian Protest Leader Pashinian Only Candidate For Premier

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Sharmazanov said that nominated candidate Nikol Pashinyan had not convinced him personally, but he would vote according to the party's decision.

On Sunday, the leader of the Republican faction in parliament, Vahram Baghdasaryan, clarified that the party would not try to prevent "the people's candidate", referring to Pashinyan, from being elected, and would not boycott the appointment.

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan became the sole candidate for the post of interim prime minister on Monday after a key deadline passed without other candidates registering.

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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.

Pashinian said Russian Federation has nothing to fear if he becomes prime minister and "in the near future our relations will develop and deepen, which will be in the national and government interests of Armenia".

"I see practically no obstacles to Pashinyan becoming a prime minister tomorrow", political analyst Hakob Badalyan told AFP.

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Observers have expressed fears that the turmoil could destabilise the Moscow-allied nation which has been locked in a territorial dispute with Azerbaijan for decades. On 23 April he resigned, the responsibilities of the Prime Minister began the first Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.

On Saturday, after days of frantic negotiations, two major parties including the Prosperous Armenia - which has 31 seats in parliament - said they would back Pashinyan. The ruling Republican Party has not nominated its candidate.

Addressing demonstrators on Yerevan's Republic Square, Pashinyan said he would meet with lawmakers on Monday and called for his supporters to refrain from acts of civil disobediance.

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