Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Armenians protest leader's plan to stay in power as prime minister

Yelk Party Nikol Pashinyan speaks during a protest organized by'My Step and'#merjirserjin initiatives at Liberty Square in Yerevan on Friday Armenians protest leader's plan to stay in power as prime minister
Terence Owen | 17 April, 2018, 00:14

The Yerevan police used riot control methods against protesters who attempted to climb through barbed wire to make their way to the Armenian parliament.

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. Authorities said 46 people - including six police - sought medical help. According to Armenian media, they are chanting "Asadul", urging students to boycott the educational process.

On April 14, Armenia's ruling Republican Party nominated Serzh Sargsyan for the post of prime minister.

"Our goal right now is to prevent Serzh Sarkisian from becoming the country's leader for a third time without violence and the use of force", Pashinian said.

Some built barricades using cast-iron benches and metal trash cans.

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Rallies began on Friday with more than four thousand taking part.

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.

Armen Sarkisian, no relation to Serzh, became Armenia's new president on April 9.

Armenia's opposition views the move as Sargsyan's attempt to stay in power indefinitely and has vowed to keep protesting around the clock.

But Vahram Baghdasaryan, head of the RPA faction at the NA, assured that the next PM's election will take place in the parliament building.

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