Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Armenian capital

Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Armenian capital

The change in the governing system was approved in a referendum in 2015.

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.

Sarkisian, 63, ended his second and final presidential term last week.

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

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

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However in Melukote, the Congress has made a decision to support Darshan Puttannaiah, son of farmer leader and late MLA K.S. CM Siddaramaiah is set to contest from Chamundeshwari putting an end to the two-seat theory.

Protesters then assembled in Theatrical Square to announce they would be leaving for Yerevan to participate in the acts of civil disobedience now taking place there.

Several thousand people blocked traffic Monday morning and camped on the streets.

Earlier this week, two opposition lawmakers set off smoke flares in parliament to protest plans for Serzh Sarkisian to become prime minister.

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.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Serzh Sarkisian's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.

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