Pashinyan elected Armenia's prime minister

Armenia’s opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan

The Armenian parliament voted to elect opposition leader Nikol Pashinian prime minister on Tuesday almost one month after he launched sustained anti-government protests that led to resignation of Armenia's longtime leader, Serzh Sarkisian.

Members of Pashinyan's Civil Contract party hailed Tuesday as a "historic day", with MP Lena Nazaryan saying it was the culmination of decades of despair and struggle. Deputies from the ruling party voted for the opposition leader of street protests.

On May 1, the first vote in the Armenian parliament failed, since the only candidate, opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, received only 45 votes out of the required 53.

After a referendum approved the constitutional reform in 2015, the country is to switch from the presidential to the parliamentary rule. He said his first priority was to organize the first fair parliamentary elections in many years. It was also fueled by anger over alleged corruption within Republican Party elite ruling the country since the 1990s. However, the HHK said it will not block the election and will support it.

A year later Pashinian was elected to the National Assembly on the ticket of Ter-Petrosian's Armenian National Congress (HAK).

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland օn behalf of the Council of Europe congratulated Nikol Pashinyan on his election as Prime Minister of Armenia.

As required by the Constitution, a new government must be formed within 15 days after electing a Prime Minister.

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"I am in a working mood, there is no sense of euphoria, just work to do", Mr. Pashinyan said.

Russian Federation has strong strategic interests in Armenia, including a military base, and had been watching the country's political turmoil closely.

The father-of-four has earned a reputation as a man of the people, wearing his trademark camouflage T-shirt during protests and carrying a massive rucksack which he says contains "everything I need" - including a chocolate bar and a laptop.

It has been an unlikely rise to power in the post-Soviet republic of about three million for the former newspaper editor.

Sargsyan resigned the premiership six days after his appointment.

The Republican Party, which has a majority of parliament seats, later underlined the difficulty by declaring it's now in opposition.

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