Armenia’s parliament votes against making protest leader PM

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan failed to secure a majority of votes in parliament to become prime minister on Tuesday after weeks of protests forced the previous holder of the post to step down.

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Pashinyan, who was the only candidate for the post, had called on individual lawmakers to cross party lines and support him after the ruling Republican Party said that it would not vote for him.

He received 45 votes, short of the 53 he needed to have a majority in the 105-seat legislature.

Pashinyan spearheaded the weeks of mass protests that led to the resignation of longtime leader Serzh Sarkisian last month. Pashinyan insisted that only he could rid the poor South Caucasus nation of corruption and poverty and conduct free and fair elections.

Thousands of opposition supporters spent the day rallying outside the parliament building to support Pashinyan. The Armenian Constitution dictates that parliament will convene next week for another vote.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AP)