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Pashinyan ‘Ready’ to Become Armenia’s Prime Minister

In his first Yerevan rally since his weekend regional tour, opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called for temporary cessation of nonviolent civil disobedience activities and stated that he was prepared to assume the post of Armenia’s prime minister. On April 30, Pashinyan will hold a march at 5pm, which will start from the Garegin Nzhdeh Square and end with a 7pm rally at the Republic Square.

“Over the last 30 days, I spent 90% of my time on the streets, in fields, forests, squares, and it is extremely necessary for me to at least spend half a day in an office. I have very important business in the National Assembly tomorrow morning: I have to meet with representatives of all factions so that at the end of the day I am able to confidently inform you that the election of your PM candidate on May 1 is guaranteed.

“I won’t be at ease in an office, knowing that actions of civil disobedience are happening in different parts of the country while I sit in an office having discussions. Therefore, we are again taking a break tomorrow, we do not hold any civil disobedience activities, so that our team is able to complete specific political work in the parliament. We need to guarantee the de jure victory of our movement.

“From this moment until 5pm tomorrow we cease all activities. Tomorrow at 5pm I will go to the Garegin Nzhdeh Square, from where we will march to the Republic Square, and together we will determine our further actions, depending on the situation. In any case, the day after tomorrow we again gather in the Republic Square at 8am. Our action plan for that day will depend on the political situation that will have developed in the country by that morning.

“I want to explicitly answer the question that’s been hanging in the air: I want to state directly, clearly, looking all of you in the eye that yes, I am ready to assume the post of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia with all responsibility, because I serve the people of the Republic of Armenia.”