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Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian
handed in his resignation on national television Wednesday night.

He said he was resigning in order to dissolve the parliament and force early elections, saying that was what was needed “to return the entire power to the people.”

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Pashinian only holds a political minority in the parliament at present, having forced the resignation of his predecessor in May through weeks of protests. At that time he vowed to hold early parliamentary elections within a year.

Israel’s Knesset earlier this year debated the issue of recognizing the Armenian genocide perpetrated by Turkey in World War I. Both nations have exchanged ambassadors and maintain bilateral ties.

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