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S&D Group supports Armenia’s aspiration for a better future

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Following a wave of massive protests in Armenia, linked to a perceived attempt by the hitherto political elites to continue ‘business as usual’ through major constitutional change from a presidential to a parliamentary system, the country’s National Assembly elected today the opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan, as the country's new prime minister. The S&D Group praises the people of Armenia for the peaceful transition of power and expresses its support for their aspirations to build a prosperous and democratic country.   
 
S&D vice-president for foreign affairs, Victor Boştinaru, said:
 
"The peaceful handover of power after four weeks of nonviolent protests is a sign of hope. All political forces showed responsibility, as the people of Armenia conducted their protests in a determined but yet peaceful manner. The protests led mostly by the young generation, bears testimony to the aspirations of the Armenian people for a better future in a free and open society, both politically and economically."   
 
S&D MEP and shadow reporter on Armenia, Janusz Zemke, added:
 
"This is to convey our continued support for a democratic, inclusive and prosperous Armenia for all its citizens. We call for an Armenian government that stands for full and inclusive democracy, enjoys genuine backing of the people, and delivers reforms of the political and socio-economic model."

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