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Opposition Leader Nikol Pashinyan Is Armenia's New Prime Minister

Pashinyan spearheaded weeks of protests that eventually prompted the former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, to step down.
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Opposition Leader Nikol Pashinyan Is Armenia's New Prime Minister

Armenia officially has a new prime minister.

On Tuesday, the country's parliament elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan to the position. 

Pashinyan spearheaded weeks of protests that eventually prompted the former prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, to step down.

During Tuesday's vote, 59 members of parliament backed Pashinyan's candidacy, and 42 voted against him.

But his first bid last week didn't go as well. Pashinyan didn't have enough votes to win the seat because Sargsyan's party still holds a majority in parliament.

For both votes, Pashinyan was the only candidate.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.