What Happened: Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian resigned Oct. 16 in order to dissolve parliament and trigger snap elections, Reuters reported.
Why It Matters: Pashinian's decision to step down is the culmination of weeks of political turmoil, which came to a head after Armenia's parliament passed a bill making it more difficult to hold early elections. Pashinian has made early elections a major priority as he works to consolidate power and capitalize on the popularity that brought him to his current position through a political transition dubbed the Velvet Revolution.
Background: Pashinian said Oct. 2 that he would resign as prime minister to trigger early elections after forces in parliament stymied his efforts to call snap elections for December.
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