YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called on voters in Yerevan to reaffirm the results of last spring’s “velvet revolution” in an upcoming ballot in the capital – the first major election in Armenia since the change of government.
Twelve parties and alliances are contesting the ballot in which Yerevan’s municipal assembly and eventually mayor will be elected.
A pro-Pashinyan alliance in the elections called My Step is led by popular actor and producer Hayk Marutyan.
Speaking at a rally launching the My Step campaign on Monday, September 10, Pashinyan said that more than just a mayoral position and Marutyan’s candidacy were at stake.
“Those who vote for My Step and for Hayk Marutyan vote for early parliamentary elections,” he said.
The holding of early parliamentary elections within a year is part of the program of the Pashinyan government approved last May.