But after leading weeks of mass protests against the ruling party, Pashinyan succeeded in dramatically transforming the political landscape in the country and was elected PM by Armenia's parliament on Tuesday. Deputies from the ruling party voted for the opposition leader of street protests.
Nikol Pashinyan, the opposition leader who spearheaded the recent nationwide demonstrations, was the only candidate for the position, just like during the first round on May 1.
Former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign in April in response to a series of protests triggered by his appointment as prime minister, after he had already served as president for a decade. "For his part, Pashinyan and his fellow protest leaders told their supporters to avoid anti-Russian or pro-EU slogans".
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Before his resignation, Sargsyan was appointed prime minister last month after serving 10 years as the country's president.
Armenians have seen their country, once the poster child for democratization following the collapse of the Soviet Union, stagnate in the hands of an entrenched oligarchy while many citizens choose to leave, Broers said. Bagdasaryan said today that they were voting for Pashinyan in spite of the fact that they were not reassured.
Small protests loosely organised around the slogan "No to Serzh" began in March. "That's it. Full stop", the newly elected prime minister said, reaffirming support for human rights protections and an end to corruption.
"I am very happy because this is a movement for the people, Armenians have come together and learned to love one another", said Anna Maritosyan, a social worker who was among the celebrants.
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Pashinian went on to play a major role in a broad-based opposition movement launched by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian, the main opposition candidate in a hotly disputed presidential election held in February 2008.
On Monday evening thousands of Pashinyan supporters rallied in Yerevan's central square, waving tricolour national flags and chanting his name. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2010 but was released the following year under an amnesty.
With his fiery rhetoric and penchant for asking awkward questions, Pashinyan quickly became a thorn in the side of the ruling party.
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