Politics, Asia - Pacific

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says early parliamentary election will be held on June 20

Emre Gurkan Abay   | 18.03.2021
 Armenia to hold early parliamentary election Gate of the National Assembly Building of Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia

Armenia's prime minister has called for snap polls on June 20 as the political crisis in the country worsens.

In a Facebook post, Nikol Pashinyan said that he met with the main opposition leader, Gagik Tsarukyan on Thursday.

During the meeting, he said they agreed to hold early parliamentary elections after consulting Armenian President Armen Sargsyan and some other political alliances.

On Feb. 25, the Armenian military had called for the resignation of Pashinyan.

Pashinyan blasted the military's call for his resignation as a coup attempt and urged his supporters to take to the streets to resist.

He later dismissed army chief Onik Gasparyan.

The unrest follows the end of a military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan last fall, widely seen as a victory for the latter.

*Writing by Seda Sevencan

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