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Three Parliamentary Factions Launch Petition for Nominating Pashinyan's Candidacy for PM.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Three parliamentary factions -- Yelk, Tsarukyan and the ARF, collected the necessary 35 signatures for nominating Nikol Pashinyan's candidacy, Ararat Mirzoyan -- the Yelk faction MP, told reporters in the Parliament.

"The works are underway. Signatures are being collected in the three factions. I think today or tomorrow we will nominate Nikol Pashinyan's candidacy (for PM)", he said, Armenpress reported.

Commenting on the possibility to form a coalition with the Tsarukyan bloc in the future, MP Mirzoyan said they have called for solidarity, they have said that everything is transparent and public and there is no bargaining.

After nearly 9 hours of debates on electing a Prime Minister on May 1, with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan being the sole candidate, the Armenian parliament failed to make the election as 56 lawmakers voted against and 45 lawmakers voted in favor.

Pashinyan was nominated by the opposition Yelk faction.

Two other factions -- Tsarukyan and the ARF -- have endorsed the opposition MP's candidacy.

Pashinyan needed at least 53 votes to be elected Prime Minister.

The second round of the election for Prime Minister will take place May 8, at 12:00 in the Armenian parliament.

In the second round, candidates nominated by at least one third of the total number of MPs are entitled to participate in the election. If a Prime Minister isn't elected in the second round also, the parliament is dissolved by virtue of law.

The ruling Republican Party (RPA) announced that they will not nominate a candidate for PM and will support the candidate nominated by the 1/3 of the total MPs.

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Date:May 3, 2018
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