Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Hraparak: Pashinyan considering plans for snap elections in June


Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is said to be considering the possibility of conducting snap parliamentary elections in June.

Specific timeframes have been even assigned, with June 6 or 20 being the possible dates of the voting, the paper has learned.

The responsible agencies have been reportedly asked to consider the necessary procedures to finalize the activities within the shortest possible timeframes.

In the meantime, Pashinyan is trying to reach “common grounds” with the opposition in an effort to talk the parliamentary forces out of nominating a prime ministerial candidate (after his resignation), claims the paper. But the parliamentary opposition is said to be strongly resisting the proposed agenda. Yet, Pashinyan may as well abandon the idea, especially in the light of the authorities’ plan to coordinate the proposed electoral reforms with the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) at least six months before the assigned voting. And the Commission’s upcoming session (which may address the topic) is scheduled for May, which is to say the bill will be brought to parliament as early as in April. 

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