Vazgen Manukyan (photo: Fotolur)

Opposition Names Vazgen Manukyan Candidate for Prime Minister

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YEREVAN (Armenian Public Radio) – The 17 opposition forces demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan have named Vazgen Manukyan as their candidate for the post of Prime Minister.

“Vazgen Manukyan will be the opposition’s candidate for the post of prime minister. After Pashinyan’s resignation, we want to create a transitional government, which Manukyan will head,” leader of the Hayrenik [Homeland] Party Artur Vanetsyan told reporters after the meeting of the council of the 17 parties.

According to him, Vazgen Manukyan will present his platform at the meeting of the opposition on December 5.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has indicated on many occasions that he has no intention to resign.

The protests against PM Pashinyan were triggered by the signing of a trilateral statement on cessation of hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh.

Vazgen Manukyan was the first prime minister of Armenia, from 1990 to 1991. From 1992 to 1993, Manukyan held the post of defense minister.

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He was elected to Parliament thrice and ran for president in 1996, 1998 and 2003.

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