Armenia's president appoints Pashinyan as prime minister

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A "drastic" change in Armenia foreign policy would only hurt the country, he said. The remaining votes came from the ruling Republican Party, who had promised this time they wouldn't obstruct Pashinyan's election.

"I expect that your work as the head of government will contribute to further strengthening the friendly, allied relations between our countries", the Kremlin cited Putin as saying in a congratulatory message to Pashinyan Tuesday.

However, the HHK-dominated parliament quickly appointed him as prime minister, a switch made possible by constitutional changes that weakened the presidency while bolstering the prime minister's powers.

Expressing his gratitude to the MPs for voting and their position, the RA newly elected Prime Minister has noted that he serves the Republic of Armenia and its people.

Russian Federation has strong strategic interests in Armenia, including a military base, and had been watching the country's political turmoil closely. Russian President Vladimir Putin has in the past resisted popular revolts in ex-Soviet states, particular in Georgia and Ukraine, viewing them as a ploy by Washington to encroach on Moscow's sphere of influence. "My best wishes and good luck to you", the president said.

Supporters say Mr Pashinyan, who was also imprisoned after opposition rallies in 2008 turned deadly, is among history's great peaceful revolutionaries. Touching upon the nominee's passed path, the MP has noted that an opportunity is given not to go against the people of Armenia, the state interests, the national security of Armenia and Artsakh and called on to make use of that unique opportunity.

Pashinyan's rise from a fringe opposition lawmaker to prime minister has been meteoric: Six weeks ago, he was walking through the Armenian countryside, Gandhi-style, protesting what he said was cronyism in the small country of 3 million amid accusations that Sargsyan had altered the constitution to stay in power. He said his first priority was to organize the first fair parliamentary elections in many years.

Sargsyan resigned after 10-days of demonstrations by protesters who took to the streets of the capital, Yerevan, accusing him of corruption and authoritarian rule.

After blocking his bid on May 1, Republican Party provided the Pashinian with the support needed to become premier.