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Exclusive: Armenian PM Pashinyan to resign for early election, he tells FRANCE 24

France 24 screenshot | Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan during an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.

In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said on Wednesday he would tender his resignation in the coming days in preparation for an early election in December.

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Pashinyan, the former opposition leader, became prime minister in May after the Republican Party was toppled following weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism. He submitted a new government programme and promised an early
parliamentary election.

"Early elections should be held around December 9 or 10, give or take a day. It will be in that timeframe so I will have to tender my resignation by October 16," Pashinyan told FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman.

Click on the video player above to watch an extract of Pashinyan's interview.

The full interview will be broadcast on FRANCE 24 at 8:45 Thursday morning (Paris time).

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