ArmInfo. The opposition parliamentary factions will soon discuss a possibility of nominating a candidate for Armenia's presidency.
Artsvik Minasyan, Secretary of the Armenia faction, stated that the faction has not yet discussed the issue, but will soon nominate its candidate according to a number of criteria. According to Mr Minasyan, the president must not represent a political party or be a government or opposition-nominated canditate.
"He must ensure full implementation of the Constitutional provisions," he said. Tigran Abrahamyan of the With Honor parliamentary faction pointed out the need for realizing the advisability of nominating a candidate. And the faction has to adopt its attitude to the government- nominated candidate.
At his online press conference on January 24, Armenia's Premier Nikol Pashinyan stated that President Armen Sarkissian informed him of his decision to resign a couple of hours before handing in his resignation. Mr Sarkissian said that was his final decision. According to Mr Pashinyan, Armenia's political majority had no time to think of its presidential candidate. According to him, "faced with the present-day threats", the authorities must make decisions that would ensure "political harmony" between the president, Parliament and Government.
Armenia's President Armen Sarkissian handed in his resignation on January 23. According to Armenia's reformed Constitution, he was the first president of Armenia elected by Armenia's Parliament in April 2018. On January 24, Armenian Parliament Speaker Alen Simonyan reported that the president had signed in his resignation.
"In case the official withdraws his/her resignation within a week, the President of the National Assembly shall make a relevant statement. In case he/she does not, a relevant protocol shall be adopted and signed by the President of the National Assembly. The resignation shall be considered accepted the moment the protocol is posted," Mr Simonyan said.