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US Department of State lauds election of Armenia’s new Prime Minister Pashinyan

May 09, 6:33 UTC+3 WASHINGTON

The parliament of Armenia elected opposition leader Pashinyan as the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday

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The United States Department of State

The United States Department of State

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WASHINGTON, May 9. /TASS/. The United States Department of State has extended its congratulations to Nikol Pashinyan with his election to the post of the prime minister of Armenia and expressed readiness for mutual work with the new government of the country.

"The United States congratulates Nikol Pashinyan as the new Prime Minister of Armenia," US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in her statement.

"We look forward to working closely with the new government and with the people of Armenia on the many areas of shared interest between our countries, including increasing trade, working in support of democracy and rule of law, and safeguarding regional and global security," the spokesperson added.

The parliament of Armenia elected opposition leader Pashinyan as the country’s new prime minister on Tuesday.

Pashinyan, who was the sole candidate for the prime minister’s seat, was elected by the majority of 59 votes in the parliament, while 42 votes were cast against his candidacy.

The predecessor of the new prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, resigned earlier in the month amid mass protests of the opposition supporters across the country.

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