Armenia to hold snap polls in De­cem­ber

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YEREVAN — Armenia will hold early par­lia­men­tary elec­tions on De­cem­ber 9 af­ter re­formist leader Nikol Pashinyan’s po­lit­i­cal ma­noeu­vring led law­mak­ers on Thurs­day to dis­solve the assembly.

The dis­so­lu­tion of par­lia­ment is a ma­jor win for act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Pashinyan whose ef­forts to re­form the coun­try of three mil­lion have been frus­trated for months by the rul­ing party.

Pashinyan, who came to power in May af­ter a pop­u­lar re­volt against the coun­try’s old guard, said the cham­ber was dis­solved “in ac­cor­dance with law” af­ter MPs failed to elect a new prime min­is­ter for the se­cond time over the past week.

“To­day par­lia­ment is be­ing dis­banded for the first time and for the first time we will have early elec­tions,” Pashinyan said ahead of Thurs­day’s vote.

“We will en­sure ab­so­lutely fair and le­git­i­mate elec­tions and the rest is in peo­ple’s hands.”

An agree­ment was reached with fig­ure­head Pres­i­dent Ar­men Sark­isian to hold the elec­tion on De­cem­ber 9, Pashinyan said.

That date was of­fi­cially set by pres­i­den­tial de­cree later on Thurs­day.

The 43-year-old for­mer jour­nal­ist rose to power in May af­ter spear­head­ing weeks of peace­ful anti-gov­ern­ment ral­lies that ousted vet­eran leader Serzh Sark­isian.

An­a­lysts said the vic­tory of the pop­u­lar politi­cian’s party in the De­cem­ber bal­lot was al­most as­sured as Pashinyan pushes ahead with his cam­paign to re­shape the South Causasus na­tion’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

“The snap polls’ out­come is pretty pre­dictable - in De­cem­ber Pashinyan will be in con­trol of par­lia­ment,” an­a­lyst Vi­gen Hakobyan said.

Since tak­ing of­fice, the hero of the street protests has won ap­plause for launch­ing an all-out cru­sade against en­demic cor­rup­tion and driv­ing many mem­bers of the old elite from power.

But the new gov­ern­ment quickly found it­self at log­ger- heads with ex-pres­i­dent Sark­isian’s Repub­li­can Party which had a ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment and stood in the way of Pashinyan’s re­form drive.

New par­lia­men­tary elec­tions were not sched­uled un­til 2022 and last month Pashinyan stepped down as prime min­is­ter to pave the way for snap polls.

He twice put forward his can­di­dacy for re-elec­tion af­ter agree­ing with all the par­lia­men­tary fac­tions that they would vote him down to trig­ger early polls.

Dur­ing his first five months in of­fice he pur­sued a bal­anced for­eign pol­icy. He re­as­sured Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin that Armenia would re­main Moscow’s ally but at the same time he sought to charm Western lead­ers.

Dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional sum­mit in the cap­i­tal Yerevan in Oc­to­ber he danced tra­di­tional Ar­me­nian dances with French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron and wore match­ing socks with Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau. — AFP

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