Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Protest against ex-leader's move in Armenia

Protest against ex-leader's move in Armenia

The latter demand that the protesters do not restrict the citizens' right to move. The Yerevan police used riot control methods against protesters who attempted to climb through barbed wire to make their way to the Armenian parliament. Sargsyan, whose party holds a majority in parliament, is set to be easily approved for the premiership on Tuesday. Some chanted "Armenia without Serzh" and "Serzh is a liar".

Protesters led by opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian broke into the building Saturday and tried to get on the air but failed and retreated shortly afterward.

Since Monday morning, the demonstrators have blocked numerous streets in downtown Yerevan.

On the evening of 13 April Nikol Pashinyan began-hour action in protest against a possible Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Several hundred people sat or laid down on pavements, blocking roads leading to the parliament building and universities. "No one will prevent us from voting tomorrow for our candidate Serzh Sarkisian", he told AFP. A shrewd former military officer, Sarkisian has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million since winning a presidential vote in 2008. The new system sees the president's powers weakened and the prime minister taking a dominant role. Tensions in Armenia often flare up during presidential and parliamentary elections.

Having previously played down suggestions he would run again for political office, Sargsyan announced on 11 April that he would seek the position of Prime Minister, now the most powerful post in the country.

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