After a day of peaceful protests, during which tens of thousands of people blocked roads and railway lines, stopped the metro system, and for some time came close to disrupting work at Armenia's main international airport, it appeared that Nikol Pashinyan will be elected Armenian prime minister after all. Throughout the day political consultations took place between various political groups.
Pashinyan has retained the support of the three non-government blocs in the parliament, and importantly of the thousands of people who have daily taken to the streets to back his effort to dislodge the current government led by the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA). In a vote in parliament yesterday the RPA parliamentary faction voted against Pashinyan's candidacy, but today they changed their mind, saying that when the next vote takes place on 8 May, they will vote for a candidate who is nominated by at least one third of the MPs. This seems to be face-saving way of doing a u turn, and if it happens, assures Pashinyan of the premiership.
Throughout the day Armenia once more saw unprecedented scenes of popular protests, culminating in another huge rally on Yerevan's main square. Addressing the crowds Pashinyan said he would now stop the protests but warned supporters to be vigilant, and to follow his facebook page for any instructions. Pashinyan ends the day closer to achieving his aim of securing the country's premiership. But he is not quite there yet, and as events over the last days have shown, things can change very quickly in the current fluid political situation.
On 20 January 26,000 Soviet troops entered Baku and massacred large numbers of civilians who were calling for the restoration of Azerbaijan independence. In Azerbaijan the day is often referred to as Black January.