Robert Kocharyan, who was president from 1998 to 2008, has been charged with acting unlawfully by introducing a state of emergency in March 2008 following a disputed election. At least ten people were killed in clashes between police and protesters.
The Republican Party, that controlled the old parliament before election frontrunner Nikol Pashinyan led massive protests that forced the government to step down earlier this year, is struggling to overcome a 5-percent threshold.
Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan who led protests against the government for months, is expected to get a majority in the new legislature. He vowed to make Armenia "an industrial, high-tech, export-oriented country" and work closely with the EU and US.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan came to power in May after spearheading weeks of mass anti-government rallies that toppled veteran leader Serzh Sarkisian.
Armenia's newly elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan marks his first full day in office by visiting the contested territory of occupied Karabakh that is part of rival Azerbaijan. Baku says Pashinyan "seems to prefer political agitation."
The election of Nikol Pashinyan, a former newspaper editor who spent time in prison for fomenting unrest, marks a rupture with the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s.
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 42-year-old former journalist has emerged as the leader of a movement confronting established politics in Armenia. Denied the prime ministership, Pashinyan says he will push ahead with a radical overhaul of politics as usual.
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.
The opposition lawmaker, Nikol Pashinyan, who has spearheaded mass protests in Armenia says all three opposition parties in parliament will nominate him for prime minister, which would oblige the ruling party lawmakers to support him.
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.
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