Supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan attend a rally in the town of Ijevan, Armenia April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Supporters of Armenia's protest leader Nikol Pashinyan rallied in the capital Sunday, hoping that a massive show of force two days ahead of a key election will help propel the opposition leader to power.Pashinyan, who needs a handful of votes to become the country's next prime minister, saw his chances boosted Sunday when a senior lawmaker said the ruling Republican Party would not stand in the way of his candidacy.On Friday and Saturday, Pashinyan received a hero's welcome in a number of towns and villages outside the capital as he drove around the landlocked ex-Soviet country with his supporters in a convoy.He needs the backing of at least six lawmakers from the ruling Republican Party, which has 58 seats in parliament, to clinch victory on Tuesday.The Prosperous Armenia Party, which holds 31 seats, threw its weight behind Pashinyan on Saturday.A smaller party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, quit the ruling coalition and said it would also back the opposition leader.
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