Armenia ruling coalition formally nominates ex-president Sargsyan's candidacy as next PM

16 April, 2018, 15:55 | Author: Sammy Rose
  • Yerevan: “Reject Serzh” Activists Block Mashtots Avenue

Recall that in recent days Armenia has seen various protest actions against the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan as prime minister, accompanied by clashes with the police.

"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", said opposition leader Nikol Pashinian who led the protesters.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) announced on Saturday, April 14 that they have made a decision to nominate former president Serzh Sargsyan for the post of the prime minister of the country.

There were media reports that Tuesday's NA special session to elect the PM would not be convened in the parliament building.

Young people in small groups have been blockading transport routes in the streets; garbage bins are used as barricades.

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The Police said they receive complaints from different organizations in the capital including educational and medical establishments that the actions of the protesters have been hindered by their regular activities this morning.

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

The country's new figurehead president, Armen Sarkisian, was sworn in last week but his powers will be weaker under a new parliamentary system of government.

The 63-year-old ended his second and final presidential term last week and has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister.

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