NEW YORK (Combined Sources) — Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in New York for the opening session of the United Nations, met on Sunday, September 23, with members of the Armenian community. During the reception, he spoke at length about the country’s political situation domestically as well as international ties. (A video post will be added to this present online article in a few days.)
Pashinyan addressed also the results of the mayoral election in Yerevan, which netted his supporters a landslide victory, and tied it to the upcoming parliamentary elections which he said he sought.
He said the outcome of the Yerevan polls gave him the mandate to push for the dissolution of the current Armenian parliament and to schedule snap general elections.
The premier added that on his return to Yerevan he will meet with representatives of major political forces to discuss time frames for the snap elections.
Meeting with members of the Armenian community in New York later on Sunday, Pashinyan said that they must be held “as soon as possible.” But he mentioned no specific date.
Under the Armenian constitution, parliament can be dissolved only if the prime minister resigns and lawmakers twice fail to choose his or her replacement. Former President Serzh Sargsyan’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) holds the largest number of seats in the current legislature.