May 8, 2018 / 9:50 AM / in 6 months

Armenian parliament elects Pashinyan as prime minister

Supporters of Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinyan gather in Republic Square as parliament holds a session to elect a new prime minister in Yerevan, Armenia May 8, 2018. REUTERS/Hayk Baghdasaryan

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia’s parliament elected protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister on Tuesday after weeks of protests forced his predecessor out.

Fifty-nine lawmakers in the 105-seat legislature voted for Pashinyan, giving him the majority needed for the post. Last week a majority of lawmakers rejected his candidacy.

Reporting by Hasmik Mkrtchyan and Margarita Antidze; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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