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YEREVAN. – Yesterday we were in the office of National Assembly (NA) President Ara Babloyan for several hours, and there we discussed the situation—in a very quiet, very calm, friendly, and warm atmosphere.

Edmon Marukyan, a member of the NA “Way Out” (Yelk) Faction, on Wednesday told the aforesaid to reporters in parliament.

In his words, during this talk Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan noted that he plans to resign in several days, after 14 days of which the NA shall not elect a new PM, whereupon the parliament shall be dissolved, and a snap NA election shall be conducted in Armenia in December.

As per Marukyan, the other parliamentary forces, in turn, noted that even though they are for a snap election, they want it to be held in May 2019. 

“There was no consensus,” the MP added. “But there is an arrangement that the [respective] contacts continue.”

As for Pashinyan’s remarks that there was a verbal statement that the NA political forces will not nominate a candidate for PM, Marukyan said it was stressed that it is clear that they will not nominate a candidate, but the snap election should be conducted next May.

In the Yelk faction MP’s words, it seems to him that there is no room for concessions, and therefore the election will take place in December.

Also, Edmon Marukyan expressed the confidence that there is no possibility of a counterrevolution in Armenia, and there is no likelihood of nominating another candidate—but incumbent Pashinyan—for PM.

As reported earlier, the NA on Tuesday passed the controversial bill on making amendments to the NA Rules of Procedure. But as per Prime Minister Pashinyan and the NA “Way Out” (Yelk) Faction, this proposed law will enable to prevent the holding of a snap parliamentary election once the PM resigns from office.

The former ruling Republican Party of Armenia, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Dashnaktsutyun Party, and the Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP)-supported “Tsarukyan” factions in parliament have voted for this bill.

Subsequently, and upon the call by the PM, thousands of people blocked the NA building, from Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning. As a result, the deputies were “stranded” in the parliament building over night.

PM Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday will continue his talks with the NA political forces, and in connection with conducting a snap parliamentary election in Armenia.

Armenia PM: Lawmakers said they would not nominate candidate for PM

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