YEREVAN, December 29. /ARKA/. The leaders of the opposition Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia parties Gagik Tsarukyan and Edmon Marukyan had a meeting today with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
After the meeting, Tsarukyan told reporters that he told Pashinyan what he had said publicly. “The only way out of the situation in the country is his resignation, the sooner the better,” Tsarukyan said.
Tsarukyan declined journalists’ questions about how Pashinyan reacted to his words, suggesting that they asked Pashinyan himself.
Marukyan, in turn, said that he presented the position of the Bright Armenia party. “We proposed that the prime minister resign, the parliament elect a new prime minister, an interim government is formed people who have achieved success in their areas. The interim government should o stabilize the turbulent situation in the country and prepare the country for early parliamentary elections. During this period, if necessary, it is also possible to discuss amendments to the Constitution,” he said.
According to Marukyan, the prime minister suggested that he remain in office before and during the parliamentary elections.
The legislation of Armenia provides for only one mechanism for holding early parliamentary elections: the prime minister resigns, the parliament does not elect head of government twice, after which it is considered dissolved by force of law, and early elections are called.
On December 25, Pashinyan announced his readiness to leave the post of Prime Minister and invited interested political forces to consultations on the early parliamentary elections in 2021. He also said that “the opposition process demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister did not have broad public support.
Armenian opposition parties, including two parliament represented Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia have been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan since November 10 when he signed a statement with Russia’s Putin and Azerbaijan’s Aliyev to stop the war in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the statement, Armenian troops were withdrawn from all seven regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh.
Opposition parties want a transitional government that would organize early parliamentary elections. Their candidate for the post of transitional prime minister is Armenia’s first post-Soviet prime minister Vazgen Manukyan.