Armenians are casting ballots in an early parliamentary election expected to further consolidate the power of the nation’s new prime minister.

FILE- In this file photo taken on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Opposition leader Nikol Pashinian, right, speaks to a police officer in front of a police line blocking the way to demonstrators protesting the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat in Yerevan, Armenia. (Narek Aleksanyan, PAN Photo via AP, File)
FILE- In this file photo taken on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, Opposition leader Nikol Pashinian, right, speaks to a police officer in front of a police line blocking the way to demonstrators protesting the former president’s shift into the prime minister’s seat in Yerevan, Armenia. (Narek Aleksanyan, PAN Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinian, second left, leads a march to attend a memorial service at the monument to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks, to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the massacre in Yerevan, Armenia. (Karo Sahakyan/PAN Photo via AP, File)
FILE – In this file photo taken on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinian, second left, leads a march to attend a memorial service at the monument to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks, to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the massacre in Yerevan, Armenia. (Karo Sahakyan/PAN Photo via AP, File)

The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after spearheading massive protests against his predecessor’s power grab that forced the politician to step down. Pashinian has pushed for early vote in a bid to win control of a parliament that was dominated by his political foes.

FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, April 30, 2018, Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinian, left, shakes hands with a police officer during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE – In this file photo taken on Monday, April 30, 2018, Armenian protest leader Nikol Pashinian, left, shakes hands with a police officer during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Armenian acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian attends the Eurasian Economic Council in St. (Olga Maltseva, Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Armenian acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian attends the Eurasian Economic Council in St. (Olga Maltseva, Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian stand atop of a vehicle as they protest in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)
FILE – In this file photo taken on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian stand atop of a vehicle as they protest in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)

Pashinian, an ex-journalist turned politician, has won broad popularity, tapping into public anger over widespread poverty, high unemployment and rampant corruption in the landlocked former Soviet nation of 3 million that borders Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran.

FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian gather in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE – In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian gather in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE - In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian gestures as he addresses the crowd in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE – In this file photo taken on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian gestures as he addresses the crowd in Republic Square in Yerevan, Armenia. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)
FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, shakes hands with acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian at the Eurasian Economic Council in St. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE In this file photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, Russian President Vladimir Putin, shakes hands with acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian at the Eurasian Economic Council in St. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Opinion polls indicate that Pashinian’s My Step alliance is set to sweep the vote, while the Republican Party that controlled the old parliament is trailing.

Source: The Associated Press