Pashinyan tenders resignation to pave way to snap elections

09:42 • 17.10.18



Nikol Pashinyan announced his resignation from post of Prime Minister in a televised address on Tuesday.


In his speech aired by the Public Television of Armenia, Pashinyan said that the move was necessary “to bring to completion our non-violent velvet revolution by holding snap parliamentary elections.”


His full official address is provided below:


Dear compatriots,


My dear people,


Proud citizens of the Republic of Armenia,


As I said, I am resigning today from the office of Armenia’s prime minister. The purpose of this resignation is not to leave the post of prime minister, getting rid of the responsibility assumed before you, but instead to bring to completion our non-violent velvet revolution by holding snap parliamentary elections and returning power to the people.


The roadmap to early parliamentary elections is as follows: After my resignation, the President of the Republic of Armenia shall immediately accept the government’s resignation. The National Assembly will not elect a prime minister twice over the next 14 days, due to which the National Assembly will be dissolved, and the President will assign preterm parliamentary elections. During this time, the members of government will continue to fulfill their duties, I will continue to fulfill the constitutional powers of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, that is, I will continue to be the guarantor of people’s victory, and if you vote for our political team in December, I shall be reelected to the office of RA Prime Minister.


Of course, many are afraid and wonder if we are prepared for the scenario where Parliament may nominate another candidate for the prime minister. I do not even want to say that the events of October 2 demonstrated that we are more than prepared for any scenario because no force can stand before the people’s will and wishes.


But now I do not want to think of any such scenario. Although there are contradictions, sharp debates with a number of parliamentary forces, I do not think that they may have the intent and purpose of acting against the people and the national security of the Republic of Armenia.


Parliamentary forces have shown that regardless of all contradictions and misinterpretations, our statehood, its stability and security represent a red line for them, and I believe that they will never cross that line. Especially as the RPA, the Tsarukyan bloc and the ARF faction have publicly stated that they are not going to nominate or elect a prime minister.

 

I also want to tell the representatives of the parliamentary majority that while we have been criticizing them so far, we are not looking for and will never look for enemies in Armenia.


All the way through my political career, I have said and now I want to reiterate that I never had and will never have enemies in Armenia. Wishing all political forces every success at the proposed snap parliamentary elections, I would like to reaffirm that our government shall guarantee the expression of people’s free will during the elections.

 

Dear Compatriots,

 

Although this resignation is of formal nature, the moment is truly exciting because we usher in the next round of our revolution and enter a completely new era.


And now, looking back at the past five months of my premiership, I want to thank you for your endless support and trust.

 

I also want to apologize to all those whom I have disappointed by failing to meet their legitimate hopes. Nevertheless, my dear compatriots, you may rest assured that I am not indifferent and keep in mind all your grievances; all your dreams are in my heart: they give me wings and strength to stand in front of you, and state with confidence that everything will be OK, everything is going to be fine.

 

Be prepared for ever new victories, for building a powerful, free and happy Armenia.


I love you all. I am proud of all of you. I bow down and kiss you all. And therefore,


Long live Freedom!


Long live the Republic of Armenia!


Long live our children who are living and will live in a free and happy Armenia!


 

Armenian News - Tert.am





Загрузка...

LATEST NEWSAll Today news

17:42 • 15/11

Armenian defense delegation conducts official visit to Bulgaria

17:23 • 15/11

Florida election recount nears deadline as Trump stirs pot with baseless claim

17:11 • 15/11

Pound Sterling crashes amid Brexit reports

16:55 • 15/11

Turkey seeks extradition of 452 people in 83 countries for FETÖ cases

16:43 • 15/11

Khashoggi case: Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for journalist’s murder

16:24 • 15/11

Artsakh's international recognition 'key foreign policy priority', says foreign minister

15:38 • 15/11

Ancient city of Tenea uncovered in Greece

14:48 • 15/11

Gazprom-Armenia director slams attempts to spot company’s ‘good image’

14:06 • 15/11

Wimbledon finalist retires from tennis at 29

14:00 • 15/11

Dostoevsky novel among hundreds of book banned in Kuwait

13:52 • 15/11

California fire town needs ‘total rebuild’

13:40 • 15/11

'He's a Duchy Original!' Buckingham Palace celebrates Prince Charles’ 70 birthday  

13:28 • 15/11

Brexit: EU Barnier warns of 'long road ahead'

13:07 • 15/11

Armenian cabinet considers procedures for open-door meetings

11:40 • 15/11

168 Zham: Europe ‘closely following’ developments in pre-electoral Armenia

11:05 • 15/11

Turkey calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

10:44 • 15/11

Ardshinbank named winner of Eikon Award 2018 by Thomson Reuters

10:35 • 15/11

Archaeologists unearth small warrior statues found from 2100-year-old pit in China

09:59 • 15/11

Aznavour son to release post-humus album dedicated to singer

09:43 • 15/11

Trump aide forced out of office after showdown with first lady

09:13 • 15/11

Toxic year: Oxford dictionaries name word of 2018

17:58 • 14/11

Hollywood Red Carpet cancelled after wildfires

17:47 • 14/11

Apple designers unveil dazzling one-of-a-kind ring 'cut entirely out of one single diamond'

17:24 • 14/11

Israel's defense chief resigns, slamming Netanyahu for 'surrendering to Hamas terror'

17:01 • 14/11

Armenia’s acting social and labor minister steps down ‘to join parliamentary campaign’

16:21 • 14/11

Parliamentary election 2018: Pro-Pashinyan bloc unveils candidates' list

15:55 • 14/11

Russian-Armenian military alliance ‘powerful restraint’ against Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression

15:31 • 14/11

Georgia to facilitate imports to Armenia

14:49 • 14/11

Prince Charles' 70th birthday marked with family photo release

14:25 • 14/11

US to meet 7,000-strong caravan with barbed wires at Tijuana border

13:51 • 14/11

Major tax evasion scheme revealed in Gazprom-Armenia

13:12 • 14/11

CNN sues Trump administration, demands return of reporter’s press credentials

12:02 • 14/11

El Chapo: Trial of Mexican cartel boss opens in New York

11:35 • 14/11

Armenians suspected of UK cryptocurrency scam

11:10 • 14/11

Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte: Mutual expectations between Armenia and diaspora 'distance us further from each other'

10:44 • 14/11

Crude oil extends steep dive, stocks fall on growth fears

10:28 • 14/11

Israel and Hamas agree on Gaza ceasefire after intense violence

10:23 • 14/11

Zhoghovurd: Armenia’s international reserves drop sharply to record low

09:48 • 14/11

Facebook bug let websites read ‘likes’ and interests from a user’s profile

09:42 • 14/11

Exceptionally large 'Pink Legacy' diamond fetches record-breaking $50m at Christie's

09:30 • 14/11

Melania Trump calls for White House aide’s firing

17:55 • 13/11

Stars pay tribute to Marvel Comics pioneer, Stan Lee, dead at 95

17:38 • 13/11

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid for private firefighters to save their mansion and neighbors' homes from California wildfires  

17:21 • 13/11

Kocharyan sues businesswoman ‘for libel’  

16:55 • 13/11

'Appalling' Khashoggi audio shocked Saudi intelligence, says Turkey's Erdoğan

16:47 • 13/11

Toy Story 4 trailer: first teaser for new film released

15:24 • 13/11

OSCE/ODIHR ‘has no prejudiced approach’ to December  9 election in Armenia

14:38 • 13/11

French army troll Trump with picture of them training in rain

13:48 • 13/11

CSTO postponed secretary general’s election ‘due to lack of consensus’

13:05 • 13/11

Samsung’s Galaxy F foldable phone gets a price and release date in new report

12:08 • 13/11

OSCE/ODIHR to conduct 'large-scale' election observation in Armenia

11:07 • 13/11

People’s Party of Armenia ‘not to run for parliament’

10:49 • 13/11

US not concerned by Europe's idea for Iran trade as companies moving out

10:35 • 13/11

168 Zham: Upcoming parliamentary election ‘key foreign policy test’ for Armenia  

10:03 • 13/11

Canadian intelligence ‘has heard’ Khashoggi murder tape  

09:46 • 13/11

California wildfire: At least 42 reported killed in deadliest blaze

09:38 • 13/11

NATO comments on idea of ​​creating a pan-European army

09:12 • 13/11

Israel bombs Hamas TV station in Gaza

18:56 • 12/11

VivaCell-MTS releases CSR report in line with GRI international standards

15:03 • 10/11

Kocharyan's lawyers apply to ECHR, alleging procedural breaches of domestic law

14:08 • 10/11

Parliamentary Election 2018: Republic party and Free Democrats agree to join campaign 'as a single team'

13:26 • 10/11

Turkey urges UN to reform Security Council

13:14 • 10/11

Impact of anti-Iran cushioned by high oil prices, EU-US rift

12:09 • 10/11

SCORPION IS-15: First Armenian-manufactured military robot tested (video)

11:42 • 10/11

Trump limits asylum from Mexico border

11:21 • 10/11

Thrifty Kate strikes again! Duchess of Cambridge recycles six-year-old Jenny Packham dress as she joins Prince William at the Tusk Conservation Awards

11:08 • 10/11

Thousands of swarming spiders carpet Arkansas highway with thick webs in a 'mating party'

10:14 • 10/11

California reels as the most destructive wildfire in the state's history kills at least 9 in the north razing 6,500 homes

18:01 • 09/11

Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair fetches $393,000 at Christie’s

17:46 • 09/11

Manchester United need to grow up - Maurinho

17:37 • 09/11

Khashoggi's fiancée shocked over new death details

17:13 • 09/11

Pope Francis hosts Armenia’s outgoing ambassador at Vatican City

16:16 • 09/11

No strategic heights have come under Azerbaijani control in Nakicevan, says Defense Ministry official

15:36 • 09/11

Disney plans new 'Star Wars' prequel series for streaming service

15:23 • 09/11

World's first AI news anchor unveiled in China

14:52 • 09/11

Armenian president denies making ‘political calls' on Turkey’s Erdogan

14:10 • 09/11

Northern California wildfire leaves town in ruins

12:45 • 09/11

Pashinyan hails positive migration trends after 'Velvet Revolution' in Armenia

11:17 • 09/11

UN sounds alarm over '3 million and more' Venezuelan refugees and migrants

11:05 • 09/11

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West 'planning to adopt baby boy from Armenia'

10:56 • 09/11

US imposes new sanctions on Russia

10:46 • 09/11

Elsa Hosk puts on show-stopping display as she rocks glittering $1m Fantasy Bra during Victoria's Secret Fashion Show  

10:28 • 09/11

Pashinyan 'badly needs' strong opposition in parliament to resist intn'l pressures over Artsakh

09:43 • 09/11

US rules out military solution to Karabakh conflict

09:31 • 09/11

CSTO to elect new secretary general in December

18:12 • 08/11

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan attends CSTO ministerial meeting in Kazakhstan  

17:02 • 08/11

Tesla names chairwoman replacing Elon Musk

16:54 • 08/11

Serena Williams stuns in cleavage-baring dress and diamond earrings as she joins husband Alexis Ohanian at Brand Genius Awards

16:48 • 08/11

Selena Gomez 'leaves psychiatric facility' after 'dialectical behavior therapy'

16:38 • 08/11

Earth’s ozone layer is healing, according to UN report

16:18 • 08/11

Collective Security Treaty Organization opens summit in Astana  

15:59 • 08/11

Prince Harry marks 100 years since the end of WW1 by visiting Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

15:06 • 08/11

‘World’s fastest woman’ dies in US at 72

14:54 • 08/11

Dollar extends recovery on post-election relief

14:45 • 08/11

North Carolina child faces felony charges for allegedly putting needles in Halloween candy

14:33 • 08/11

Nikol Pashinyan in Astana to attend CSTO summit

14:23 • 08/11

Prince Charles gives extraordinary TV interview on eve of his 70th birthday as family open up about what he is really like

14:00 • 08/11

Ex-CSTO secretary general in Armenia amid criminal probe  

13:28 • 08/11

Gunman shoots at least six victims at country music bar by 'throwing smoke grenades’ onto dancefloor and opening fire with large handgun  

13:22 • 08/11

US warns nations to ban entry of Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters