October 10, 2018 / 5:19 PM / 10 months ago

Armenian PM to resign for early election

FILE PHOTO: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

PARIS (Reuters) - Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday he would tender his resignation in the coming days in preparation for an early election in December.

Pashinyan, the former opposition leader, became prime minister in May after the Republican Party was toppled following weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism. He submitted a new government program and promised an early parliamentary election.

“Early elections should be held around Dec. 9-10, give or take a day. It will be in that timeframe so I will have to tender my resignation by Oct. 16,” Pashinyan told France 24 TV.

Reporting by Myriam Rivet and Leigh Thomas; Editing by Janet Lawrence

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