Capping weeks of nationwide strikes, protests and carnivalesque street parties, parliament voted 59 to 42 in favor of Pashinyan. Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Hikmet Hajiyev said. Pashinyan didn't have enough votes to win the seat because Sargsyan's party still holds a majority in parliament.
In the lead-up to his election on Tuesday, Pashinyan said that he was committed to staying in an economic bloc and regional collective security organization led by Russian Federation, which is wary of an uncontrolled change of power that would pull the country out of Russia's orbit.
Armenian-American rock star and political activist Serj Tankian joined a pro-opposition rally in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, on May 7, appearing on stage alongside opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan before leading the crowd in song.
On May 8, the RA National Assembly convened a special sitting to discuss the item of the RA Prime Minister's election with the force of law, under Paragraph 3 of Article 140 of the RA Constitutional Law the NA Rules of Procedure.
Pashinyan's rise from a fringe opposition lawmaker to prime minister has been meteoric: Six weeks ago, he was walking through the Armenian countryside, Gandhi-style, protesting what he said was cronyism in the small country of 3 million amid accusations that Sargsyan had altered the constitution to stay in power. Russian President Vladimir Putin has in the past resisted popular revolts in ex-Soviet states, particular in Georgia and Ukraine, viewing them as a ploy by Washington to encroach on Moscow's sphere of influence. "God willing, you will dispel the lingering concerns of the HHK faction", said Baghdasarian". He was nominated y the ruling Republican Party.
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"We chose a new road in Armenia where the driver will be the people and not clans".
Pashinyan reaffirmed his commitment to "strategic allied relations with Russia" when he again addressed fellow lawmakers just before Tuesday's parliament vote. "The Republican Party's votes will go towards making up for any votes missing from the 53 needed for the election of a prime minister", member of parliament Samvel Farmanyan said.
Pashinian, in a speech to parliament before his election Tuesday, said his revolution will lead to the "recognition of realizing the rights of Karabakh to self-determination".
Less than a week later, on April 23, Sargsyan resigned amid continuing protests.