Armenian opposition leader declares 'day of silence'

Armenia protest leader bids to become new prime minister

Meanwhile, the former ruling-coalition party that has seven seats in parliament, Dashnaktsutyun, announced that it will support Pashinian in the May 1 vote.

"If you get elected Prime Minister tomorrow - a simple urge, in order for the NK issue to be the biggest priority, because in any case it isn't clear how must time this process will point out or create".

The country's parliament, the National Assembly, is due to select a new Prime Minister on 1 May following the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan, amidst weeks of street protests against his rule.

"I have been against Armenia's membership to EAEU, but there are realities and facts we all have to take note of", Pashinyan said, that anyone in Armenia should be guided by national interests rather than own whims.

"We simply can not continue on this path", the 51-year-old engineer said.

The deadline for parliamentary factions to nominate their candidates ran out at 18:00 on Monday.

Despite winning two landslide presidential victories before becoming prime minister, Sargsyan was unpopular because of the perceived nepotism and corruption of his inner circle. The Tsarukyan alliance has 31 seats, and the Yelk faction has 9 seats.

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Prime minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign on Monday, and Pashinyan is now seeking the appointment as prime minister by the National Assembly of what he calls "the people's candidate", the formation of a temporary government and snap parliamentary elections.

Pashinian told thousands of people attending the evening rally that he has the support of the three other parties represented in the Armenian Parliament. "Authorities are controlling the country and have a majority in the parliament".

That means Pashinian needs support from at least six members of the HHK to be elected.

On April 26, the opposition party Yelk nominated Nikol Pashinyan for the post of the prime minister.

Pashinian said Sunday that he hopes his bid to be the next prime minister receives backing from the current president, Armen Sarkisian, after their meeting.

Pashinyan - who is the leader of the small Civil Contract party - has been the only candidate nominated for the country's top job so far.

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