Armenian protest leader calls for civil disobedience after being denied PM's job

Artyom Geodakyan  TASS

Meanwhile, Ara Babloyan, the president of the Armenian National Assembly, described the situation with the election of a new prime minister as unprecedented.

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.

Armenia's parliament is scheduled to vote for a new prime minister on Tuesday, eight days after former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years, stepped down following 11 days of mass and largely peaceful protests against his continued rule in the former Soviet republic. He is the only candidate for this position.

The vote in Parliament on Tuesday came after large-scale demonstrations across Armenia, led by Mr. Pashinyan, roiled the government and forced Mr. Sargsyan to step down. The vote was preceded by a Q&A, followed by a long series of emotional speeches from about 19 members of parliament.

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

After several hours of debate, Pashinyan's candidacy was backed only by 45 votes in the 105-seat legislature, short of the 53 he need to become prime minister.

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Beijing fears she will push for Taiwan's formal independence, but Tsai says she wants to maintain the status quo. The Chinese government continues to be critical of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's administration.

As of this moment, all the streets leading to Yerevan's Republic Square are closed to vehicular traffic due to the thousands of people making their way to the center of town.

Party officials said over the weekend that Republican lawmakers would vote as a bloc, leaving uncertain prospects for Pashinian.

"It would be the final stage of the people's victory", he said in parliament.

"I would like to warn you that your attempts to interpret the tolerance of the popular movement as weakness could cause unexpected and undesirable consequences", Pashinyan said, addressing members of the ruling Republican Party from the rostrum.

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters joined a protest rally in Yerevan on Sunday evening, hoping that a massive show of strength would thrust their leader to power.

Pashinyan has pledged to keep Armenia close to Moscow, saying the changes he wants to make would instead focus on rooting out graft.

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