Supporters of opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan ride atop a car on May 8, 2018 in downtown Yerevan as the parliament votes for a second time to elect a new prime minister. / AFP / Sergei GAPON
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Thousands of supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan gathered in the capital Tuesday in anticipation of a vote in parliament set to install him as prime minister.The vote follows days of mass protests by Pashinyan's supporters that forced Armenia's veteran leader, Serzh Sarksyan, to step down as prime minister and set the scene for a dramatic change in power in the former Soviet state.Armenia's ruling Republican Party, closely allied to the ousted Sarksyan, holds the majority in parliament.In a concession to the strength of the protests, which for a day last week brought the country to a virtual standstill, the party has signaled that it will put its votes behind Pashinyan's candidacy when parliament votes later on Tuesday.
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