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Armenian opposition leader calls on his supporters to gather for rally on voting day

April 30, 20:49 UTC+3 YEREVAN

Nikol Pashinyan asked his supporters not to block traffic on Tuesday and not to gather at the parliament building

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YEREVAN, April 30. /TASS/. Armenia’s opposition leader and candidate for prime minister Nikol Pashinyan has called on his supporters to come out for a rally on Tuesday morning when the national parliament elects prime minister.

"At 11:00 a.m. (10:00 a.m. Moscow time) on May 1, I call on my supporters to gather for a rally on Yerevan’s Republic Square when the parliament begins election of prime minister. Come here and wait for us. We will return from the parliament to celebrate our victory together," Pashinyan said at a rally on Monday.

He asked his supporters not to block traffic on Tuesday and not to gather at the parliament building.

The parliament will gather for a special session on Tuesday to vote on the only officially nominated candidate, Nikol Pashinyan.

Pashinyan, a lawmaker with the Elk faction, may become Armenia’s prime minister in case he scores the votes of 53 out of 105 lawmakers (simple majority). The ruling Republican Party has 58 seats, Elk has nine seats, Dashnaktsutyun - seven seats, and the rest are controlled by the Tsarukyan bloc. Three parliamentary factions, namely Dashnaktsutyun, the Tsarukyan bloc and Elk, have already announced their decision to vote for Pashinyan. The ruling Republican Party has not nominated its candidate.

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