Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, represented his country at the inauguration of the new President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday (28 August). Nalbandian was one of the many international representatives at the inauguration. His presence was however significant, given that the two countries do not have diplomatic relations. Observers have hailed the presence of the head of the Armenian diplomacy at the inauguration as a possible signal of a new thaw in relations between the two countries.
photo: President Erdgoan welcomiong Armenian Foreign Minister Nalbandian at the Presidential Palace in Ankara's Cankaya district on Thursday, 28 August 2014. (Picture courtesy of the Armenian Foreign Ministry).
It is likely that opposition parties will rally around one of the leaders of the protest movement, although it is understood that apart from the candidacy of Nikol Pashinyan other options are being considered.
Nikol Pashinyyan, the leader of street protests who earlier forced the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sargsyan is insisting that a new prime minister is appointed who is not a member of the ruling Republican Party, to pave the way for early elections