New Armenian PM tells Putin he wants closer ties with Russia

New Armenian PM tells Putin he wants closer ties with RussiaBy Denis Pinchuk and Andrew Osborn SOCHI/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenia’s new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power last week after a peaceful revolution, told President Vladimir Putin on Monday he favored closer political and military ties with Russia. The meeting, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, was the first time the two men had met and followed Pashinyan’s election last week after weeks of street protests. Some Western media had questioned whether Pashinyan, a former journalist who won power by channeling public discontent over perceived political cronyism, would keep his country, a landlocked ex-Soviet state, closely aligned with Russia, which has a military base in Armenia and a long history of selling it weapons.


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Armenian Protest Leader Takes Power Under Russia's Shadow

  1. Armenian Protest Leader Takes Power Under Russia’s Shadow  Wall Street Journal
  2. Armenia gets new leader, man who spearheaded the protests  Washington Post
  3. Armenia protest leader Pashinyan wins PM vote  BBC News
  4. Armenia’s ‘Velvet Revolution’: A masterclass in socialism  Aljazeera.com
  5. He Was a Protester. Now, Nikol Pashinyan Is Armenia’s Prime Minister.  New York Times
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Armenian protest leader elected prime minister

  1. Armenian protest leader elected prime minister  Yahoo News
  2. Protest Leader Nikol Pashinian Elected Prime Minister Of Armenia  HuffPost
  3. Armenia revolutionary leader Pashinyan wins PM vote  BBC News
  4. Armenia’s ‘Velvet Revolution’: A masterclass in socialism  Aljazeera.com
  5. Armenian Opposition Leader Elected Prime Minister  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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The Latest: New Armenian PM to recognize volatile region

  1. The Latest: New Armenian PM to recognize volatile region  Washington Post
  2. Revolution sweeps Armenian opposition leader into power  Yahoo News
  3. Armenia protest leader Pashinyan elected as prime minister  Reuters
  4. Armenia’s ‘Velvet Revolution’: A masterclass in socialism  Aljazeera.com
  5. Armenian Opposition Leader Elected Prime Minister  RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
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Armenian protest leader pauses strike for talks with ruling party

Armenian protest leader pauses strike for talks with ruling partyBy Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) – The leader of a protest movement that has rocked Armenia on Tuesday called a pause in a campaign of civil disobedience while he seeks assurances that the ruling party will back him to be the next prime minister. After a day of protests that blocked roads and railways and brought parts of the country to a standstill, a senior official with the ruling party hinted it may be willing to back Nikol Pashinyan when his candidacy for the premier’s job comes up for a vote in parliament next week. Pashinyan – a 42-year-old former journalist who has spent time in jail on charges of fomenting unrest – said that on the face of it the ruling Republican Party was conceding defeat.


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Armenian opposition leader calls for strike after losing PM vote

Armenian opposition leader calls for strike after losing PM voteArmenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday urged his supporters to launch a campaign of civil disobedience and block key transport links including an airport after he failed in his bid to get elected as prime minister. “From 8:15 am tomorrow (Wednesday) all roads should be blocked, I announce a general strike,” Pashinyan told tens of thousands of supporters gathered in the capital Yerevan’s Republic Square. “A revolution of love and tolerance is continuing,” he said, also urging people to turn out for a huge rally Wednesday evening as the crowds chanted “Nikol! Nikol!”.


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Armenian ruling party quits PM race as protest leader bids for power

Armenian ruling party quits PM race as protest leader bids for powerBy Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) – Armenia’s ruling party will not put up a candidate for prime minister, it said on Saturday, in a bid to ease tensions after more than two weeks of street protests against the ruling elite. Demonstrations against the party and official corruption forced Serzh Sarksyanm, a former president, to resign as prime minister last Monday and parliament is due to pick a new one on May 1. While its majority in parliament means it should be able to choose who that is, the Republican Party has decided not to put forward its own candidate.


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