Nikol Pashinyan, the leader of the popular movement that has swept over Armenia in the last month, was this morning elected prime minister of Armenia at a vote in which he secured 59 votes with 42 MPs voting against.
The vote was received with loud cheers and chants by tens of thousands of people who crowded on Yerevan's Republic Square awaiting the result.
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photo: Nikol Pashinyan (archive picture/photolure)
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"