Thursday, May 3, 2018

Armenia to Get New PM on May 8 after Turmoil, Says Ruling Party

a day of civil disobedience
The head of Armenia's ruling party in parliament said on Thursday that the country would get a new prime minister on May 8 after more than two weeks of street protests which have rocked Russia's close ally.

The remarks by Vahram Baghdasaryan, head of the ruling Republican Party, are likely to raise prospects of the South Caucasus country finding a peaceful way out of the political crisis.

Baghdasaryan, speaking after meeting lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan who has led the protests against the ruling elite, said his party would support anyone on May 8 - including Pashinyan - if the candidate enjoyed the backing of one third of lawmakers.

The apparent climb down -- the Republican Party had previously objected to Pashinyan's candidacy -- came after a day of civil disobedience on Wednesday which blocked roads and railways and brought parts of the country to a standstill.

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