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Change of power in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh settlement

Armenian Protest Leader Gets Second Chance At Prime Minister In Parliamentary Vote

To be elected, a candidate must garner at least 53 votes.

Reports say the new PM experienced a meteoric rise in popularity in recent weeks by appealing to Armenians of all ages with his so-called Velvet Revolution exercising true people power - the ability to conjure up a storm of support on request.

After Sarkisian's resignation last month following ten days of peaceful protests, the opposition lawmaker said only he could be the next prime minister.

Parliament met again on Tuesday to choose a leader, and this time Mr. Pashinyan prevailed.

Stung by the protests, Sargsyan stepped down.

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The results of the 2007 presidential elections were the most criticized elections in Armenian electoral history, and lead to the large popular movement supporting the candidacy of the First President of the country Ter-Petrosian.

Thirteen members of Sargsyan's ruling Republican Party - which still holds a majority in parliament - voted for Pashinyan, just barely more than needed to push him over the threshold. On both occasions, Pashinyan was the only candidate. "Tomorrow.will be the day of the victory of Armenian citizens".

"Military cooperation with Russian Federation is an important factor in ensuring our country's security", Pashinyan said, referring to a two-decade long conflict his country is locked in with neighbouring Azerbaijan.

Pashinian, in a speech to parliament before his election Tuesday, said his revolution will lead to the "recognition of realizing the rights of Karabakh to self-determination".

Armen Sarkissian signed a decree earlier on Tuesday to appoint Nikol Pashinyan as Armenia's Prime Minister.

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Pashinian went into hiding following the deadly suppression on March 1-2, 2008 of post-election protests in Yerevan.

Unlike on previous appearances in the square, Pashinyan wore a suit and was flanked by bodyguards.

"People are waiting for a miracle, but the risk of disappointment is very great - the lack of a program and of a team make Pashinian very vulnerable", analyst Vigen Akopian said.

In a referendum in 2015, Armenia adopted constitutional changes to move the powers from the president to the prime minister. The prime minister is now the head of government, and controls the army, police, National Security Service and the Security Council.

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