Armenian opposition holds talks on new PM

Armenian opposition holds talks on new PM
Protesters gathered at Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Some tens of thousands of opposition supporters surged into the central square of the Armenian capital again on Wednesday, calling for the leader of their protests to become prime minister as the country labored through a dramatic political crisis. (Narek Aleksanyan/PAN Photo via AP)

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The leader of the Armenian opposition is holding talks with parliamentary factions in order to secure support for his candidacy as the country’s next prime minister.

Nikol Pashinian spearheaded two weeks of protests against Serzh Sargsyan, who was the country’s president for 10 years before taking the prime minister’s seat earlier this month. Faced with massive protests against the move Sargsyan resigned on Monday.

The Armenian parliament is expected to vote on the new prime minister in the coming days.

Pashinian said on Thursday he met with the leader of the parliament’s second-largest faction to seek his support. Sargsyan’s party holds a majority in the parliament, however.

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters rallied in the Armenian capital Wednesday, calling for the leader of the protest to become prime minister.