Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan steps down

  16 October 2018    Read: 1346
Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan steps down

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has resigned for conducting snap parliamentary election in December, Armenian media reported.

Pashinyan announced his resignation in a televised address to the Armenian people.

Earlier he told France 24 that an election is expected to be held December 9-10.

“For it I must step down by October 16,” Pashinyan said.

Under the Constitution of Armenia, the parliamentary factions are entitled to nominate prime minister candidates within seven days after the incumbent tenders his resignation or the post remains vacant otherwise.

In case of a failure to elect a chief to cabinet, the National Assembly conducts a new voting allowing only the candidate enjoying no less than a third of the parliament’s support to vie for the top government office. If no candidate is elected with a general majority of votes, the National Assembly is dissolved.

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