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"We will have a people's prime minister and after the election a people's government and parliament", said Anna Agababyan, a 38-year-old teacher who was protesting in Yerevan, the capital, on Thursday, holding a small national flag.

Armenian lawmakers will vote to elect the country's new prime minister on May 1, the country's parliamentary speaker said Thursday, following mass protests that triggered the resignation of the country's long-time leader.

Serzh Sarksyan quit as prime minister on Monday following two weeks of street protests over alleged corruption and cronyism.

The opposition demands that "people's candidate" Nikol Pashinyan be elected as the head of government. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan appears to be the favorite to be elected prime minister but wheeling and dealing is still taking place in the parliament.

Armenia's foreign minister, Eduard Nalbandyan, went to Moscow on Wednesday for consultations, according to the Interfax News Agency.

Acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetian walked out of the earlier talks, accusing Pashinian of delivering ultimatums.

"But let me clearly stress that my becoming prime minister isn't the issue, but rather the removal of the corrupt and anti-people regime".

It seems that Sargsyan, who has had a bad reputation in dealing with public unrest and has dispersed them with the use of force with casualties more than once, could not resist the popular demand this time and resigned suddenly, although no one expected such a quiet step down from him.

Armenian acting Vice Premier Armen Gevorkyan was in Moscow for talks yesterday, his office said, in an apparent move to secure support from the Kremlin.

"I am starting consultations with parliamentary and non-parliamentary representatives to discuss the situation that has been come about in the country and a way out of it", Sarkissian said in a statement.

Russian Federation has a military base in Armenia, and President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged restraint when he spoke by phone to Armenian President Armen Sarkisian, who is no relation to Serzh Sargsyan, and is a ceremonial figurehead.

Last Saturday, after a meeting between Sargsian and Pashinian that was televised, during which Pashinian stood firm saying: "The only thing there is to negotiate is your resignation", the Prime Minister abruptly withdrew at the end of the meeting.


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