Yerevan, April 25
Armenia’s prime minister has resigned, a step needed to maintain snap parliamentary elections in June.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan introduced the June 20 elections final month to attempt to resolve political tensions that arose after final 12 months’s defeat in a conflict with Azerbaijan.
Under a cease-fire signed by Pashinyan, Armenia ceded massive swaths of territory in and across the Nagorno-Karabakh area of Azerbaijan that had been underneath the management of ethnic Armenian forces for the reason that finish of a separatist conflict in 1994.
The settlement sparked massive protests calling for Pashinyan’s ouster that continued for months.
Under Armenian regulation, snap elections might be held after a premier resigns and the parliament fails twice to select a brand new one.
“If the people decide that I should leave the prime minister’s post, I will obey that decision,” Pashinyan stated Sunday in asserting his resignation. He will proceed to act because the nation’s chief till the election. — AP