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Armenian prime minister resigns ahead of snap elections

Tbilisi, Apr 25 (EFE) .- The Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinián, announced this Sunday that he is resigning from his post in order to stand in the early legislative elections on June 20, but until then he will continue to exercise the functions of head of the Government.

“If the people decide in the elections that I should stop being prime minister, I will fulfill their wish. And if they decide that I should continue to be prime minister, it will be so,” said Pashinyan in a message to the nation.

Pashinián announced the date of the anticipated parliamentarians last March after consultations with the Armenian president, Armén Sarkisián, and the three parties that make up the Parliament, including the ruling Mi Paso, which controls the Legislative.

The holding of early elections was one of the main demands of the Armenian opposition, which also demands the withdrawal of power from Pashinyan, whom it sees as the main responsible for the Armenian defeat in the 44-day conflict between September and November 2020 with Azerbaijan for control of Nagorno Karabakh.

Negotiations on the convening of legislative elections accelerated after the Armenian military supported the demand for Pashinyan’s resignation.

The resignation of Pashinyan comes after the day before the United States recognized the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, which has provoked the protest of Turkey and its main ally in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan.

(c) EFE Agency

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