March 18, 2021 – 15:19 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – Armenia will hold snap parliamentary elections on June 20, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Thursday, March 18.
The announcement came after Pashinyan’s meeting with the leader of the opposition Prosperous Armenia party, Gagik Tsarukyan, amid political crisis that has been shaking the country for months.
“During the meeting, we acknowledged snap parliamentary elections as the best way out of the current political situation,” Pashinyan wrote on Facebook.
“Based on my discussions with the President of the Republic of Armenia, My Step bloc and Bright Armenia leader Edmon Marukyan, snap parliamentary elections will be held in the Republic of Armenia on June 20 of the current year.”
Pashinyan came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh almost 45 days after the start of the military hostilities. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.