Armenian lawmakers begin first round of voting in the process of the dissolution of parliament

An extraordinary session of the Armenian parliament took place today (3 May) as lawmakers conducted a vote to elect a new Armenian prime minister following the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan last month. The activity ran as a formality, with parliamentarians voting down Pashinyan, who has been nominated as the only candidate by his My Step party, as part of the process to trigger new Armenian parliamentary elections.

In Armenian law, if the prime minister resigns and parliament fails twice to elect a new prime minister, the parliament is automatically dissolved, and snap parliamentary elections take place. In recent months, Pashinyan has outlined the process, promising that after his resignation, his My Step party would twice formally nominate him as leader before voting him down, fulfilling the technical requirements to disband the Armenian legislature – a point that he reiterated today during his speech in parliament. Pashinyan warned that if there were attempts to force a different scenario during the second round of voting, scheduled to take place next week, his party would elect a prime minister.

Following this process, elections are scheduled to take place on 20 June 2021.

 

Source: commonspace.eu with agencies
Photo: Nikol Pashinyan speaks in the Armenian National Assembly, 3 May 2021; Press Office Prime Minister of Armenia

Related articles

Opinion: Could Turkey’s Infrastructure Projects in Karabakh Overshadow Russia’s presence?

Russia may have deployed thousands of soldiers in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, but it isn’t the only external power to have gained influence following the 44-day war. In this opinion piece for KarabakhSpace.eu, Fuad Shahbazov looks at Turkey’s involvement in the reconstruction of territories returned to Azerbaijani control following last year’s war, and Ankara’s strengthening position in the South Caucasus region.