Armenia: Prosperous Armenia Party Tight-Lipped About May 1 Election for Prime Minister
While anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan says he won’t accept any election for Armenia’s next prime minister that takes place while the Republican Party of Armenia remains in control of the parliament, voting for the next head of government is scheduled for May 1.
Armenia’s Constitution stipulates that parliamentary factions have seven days after the resignation of the prime minister to 1) Nominate another candidate, or 2) form a coalition with another faction and nominate another candidate.
There are four factions in the National Assembly:
Republican Party of Armenia – 58 deputies
Tsarukyan – 31 deputies
Yelk (Way Out) – 9 deputies
ARF – 7 deputies
The candidate winning a simple majority gets the job.
Prosperous Armenia MP Iveta Tonoyan told Hetq that party head Gagik Tsarukyan is meeting with Pashinyan to discuss the political situation in the country and the possibility of jointly finding solutions.
Tonoyan was tight-lipped as to whether the party would nominate its own candidate and participate in the May 1 vote.