Before the current rallies some have called a "revolution of love", Pashinyan was mostly associated with the tragic events following the 2008 presidential vote that first brought Sarkisian to power, when 10 people died in clashes between police and supporters of the defeated opposition candidate.
"We chose a new road in Armenia where the driver will be the people and not clans".
The election of Pashinyan, a former newspaper editor who spent time in prison for fomenting unrest, marks a dramatic rupture with the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s.
The previous prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, resigned last month after just six days in office. Many Armenians regarded the job swap as a brazen attempt to maintain his grip on power. It was also fueled by anger over alleged corruption within Republican Party elite ruling the country since the 1990s.
Stung by the protests, Sargsyan stepped down. He said his first priority was to organize the first fair parliamentary elections in many years. On both occasions, Pashinyan was the only candidate.
Ambode pleased with peaceful conduct of APC Ward congresses
Non of that happened in Rivers State rather, party men and women were asked to go to their wards and wait for the congress. He denied the existence of factions in the party in the state because there's only one executive.
Pashinyan reiterated his intention not to alter Armenia's current foreign policy course, including the country's membership in Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union or keeping Russian military bases on Armenia's territory. "The victory is the fact that it's you who have decided who must be prime minister of Armenia". Pashinyan, who led the peaceful "Velvet Revolution", promised MPs that human rights would be protected, and that corruption and election-rigging would end.
During a debate in Parliament, Pashinyan said that he is ready to carry on with Baku talks on Karabakh.
Armen Sarkissian signed a decree earlier on Tuesday to appoint Nikol Pashinyan as Armenia's Prime Minister. "People want to protest now against the mayor of Yerevan", he said. Others wore camouflage T-shirts or caps mimicking Pashinyan's signature style (though he himself was in a dark suit). That move appeared to ensure Pashinian would be chosen Tuesday.
Under the constitutional reforms ushered in by the 2015 referendum, the position of president has become largely ceremonial.
Pashinian declined to shed light on the composition of his cabinet when he spoke to reporters moments after being elected prime minister.