Armenian ruling party not to nominate candidate for PM

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The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) that holds majority in the country's National Assembly will not nominate a candidate for the post of the Prime Minister, Eduard Sharmazanov, the spokesperson of RPA announced at a briefing on Saturday.

Armenians are back on the streets protesting in the hopes of getting opposition leader Nikol Pashinian elected prime minister.

"My team and I will vote for a people's candidate, whether it's Nikol Pashinian or anyone else nominated by the people", party leader Gagik Tsarukian told Kentron TV.

Protesters in Yerevan gather in the square of the Republic Today, April 29, 2018, resumed protests in Yerevan (Armenia), activists who oppose the ruling party, blocking the road. Many participants of the protest hold the Armenian national flag. "If (Sarkisian's) Republicans refuse to leave power, we will force them to do so peacefully", said one of those waiting, Arman Ovsepeyan, a 43-year-old musician.

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied Wednesday in Yerevan, calling for Pashinian to become prime minister.

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"Negotiations where one party only dictates one agenda while the other can not come up with a different agenda can not be considered negotiations", Karapetyan's spokesperson Aram Araratyan told RFE/RL's Armenian service on Friday.

RPA and its actual new leader, acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan are trying to gain time to come round after resignation of Serzh Sargsyan.

Now Pashinian is aiming to take the job for himself. "The acting Prime Minister believes that participating in negotiations that aren't likely to bring results have no prospects", the statement said. The opposition controls a total of 47 seats, whereas HHK has 58 and could both block the opposition's candidate and force through their own. So far Russian Federation has sat on the sidelines and said the political crisis in Armenia is "a domestic affair". "The country is going towards complete destruction if we keep going this way".

"It was emphasised that resolving the political crisis in Armenia must take place exclusively through legal means in the framework of the current constitution", the Kremlin said.

"This political process will help to develop and deepen Armenian-Russian relations more than ever before; we will improve our relations with the United States, the European Union, our two neighbors, Iran and Georgia".

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