Georgian PM congratulates Nikol Pashinyan on election as new prime minister of Armenia

It was Pashinyan’s second attempt to be elected to the premiership of the country. Photo: Armenian Weekly., 09 May 2018 - 14:33, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has congratulated Nikol Pashinyan on his election as the new prime minister of Armenia, wishing him "all the best in his future endeavors.”

The Armenian parliament elected opposition figure and protest leader Pashinyan as the new prime minister on Tuesday following weeks of mass protests against the ruling party.

It was the second attempt for Pashinyan to get elected as PM after the ruling Republican Party blocked his first bid on May 1, despite initially promising not to hinder the election.

Following the ruling party’s decision not to vote for Pashinyan the first time around, even larger rallies broke out which eventually convinced the Republican Party to cooperate.