Vahram Baghdasaryan, head of the ruling Republican Party in parliament, said his party was ready, at least in principle, to back protest leader Nikol Pashinyan for the job of premier on May 8, when the parliament will vote for the office.
Although it looks as though opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan will be the next Armenian prime minister, it's not a certainty.
The Armenian opposition has launched a general strike after the ruling Republican Party blocked opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan's bid to become prime minister after two weeks of anti-government protests ousted veteran leader Serzh Sargsyan.
Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was the only candidate, but the parliament did not elect the protest leader to be the country's prime minister.
Several thousand protesters took to the streets of the Armenian capital on Wednesday morning after talks between the opposition and the acting prime minister were called off.
Hours after Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan stormed out of talks with him, anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan has been detained on Sunday. Armenian prosecutor said he was committing "socially dangerous acts."
Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the centre of the Armenian capital to protest as parliament voted to allow former president Serzh Sarksyan to become prime minister.
The Armenian parliament approved former president Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister on Tuesday, despite thousands protesting against his appointment in the capital Yerevan.
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