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.
The move makes Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan the only candidate so far. The country's former president Serzh Sargsyan who was nominated for prime minister resigned after people accused him of a power grab in mass protests.
Protests in Armenia have been ongoing for 10 days as newly appointed prime minister and former president Serzh Sarkisian faces mounting pressure to resign.
Several thousand people in Yerevan protested against the nomination of former president Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister under a new parliamentary political system.
Lawmakers elect a largely ceremonial president Armen Sarkissian who will succeed pro-Russia Serzh Sargsyan in April. The opposition says Sargsyan is seeking to increase power in a new capacity as premier.
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