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Armenia's ruling party says will refrain from nominating candidate for PM's position

April 28, 20:58 UTC+3

Armenia’s unicameral parliament has scheduled election of the next Prime Minister for May 1

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YEREVAN, April 28. /TASS/. Armeania's ruling Republican Party will refrain from nominating its candidate for the position of the Prime Minister, which is vacant after resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan earlier this month, the party's official spokesman, Eduard Sharmazanov said on Saturday.

"We decided to refrain from nominating our candidate for the PM's position but the parliamentary caucus will have a unanimity vote after the situation takes a clear outline," he said. "We’ll wait until the nomination of other candidates."

He expressed disagreement with Acting Justice Minister David Arutyunyan, who said the Republican Party had monopolized the entire political sphere in the country.

"During the Republican Party’s rule, this country saw progress in absolutely all spheres," Sharmazanov said.

Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan said earlier several deputies representing the Republican Party were prepared to vote for the "people’s candidate" - that is, for himself.

Armenia’s unicameral parliament has scheduled election of the next Prime Minister for May 1. The election will be held by open balloting.

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