Published: Thu, April 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Armenia parliament swears in new PM despite protests

Armenia parliament swears in new PM despite protests

Armenia's radical opposition unleashed mass protests on April 13 against the nomination of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's candidacy to the position of the country's prime minister. He also called for spreading protests across Armenia.

The protesters are against of Serzh Sargsyan's staying in power.

At the same time the protesters encourage the students in the city colleagues and schools to join the demonstrations.

The European Union stands ready to continue working in partnership with state institutions and civil society, supporting Armenia on its path towards democratic and economic reforms for the benefit of the citizens.

The police officers immediately locked the two entrances of the building, preventing the protesters from breaking into the city hall.

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Conchita , the alter ego of Thomas Neuwirth, wrote that "coming out is better than being outed by a third party". She also thanked them for their support and declared she felt liberated and more motivated than ever.

Sargsyan served as Armenia's president from 2008 until stepping down because of term limits.

The police have already removed wired fencing from the avenue, where buildings of the parliament, president's compound, and the Constitutional Court are located, but deployed Police cordon instead.

In 2014 Mr Sarkisian promised that he would did intend becoming prime minister if Armenia switched from a presidential to the parliamentary system.

"People are so angry, they can no longer stand Sarkisian's rule", a 26-year-old protester who only released his first name, Atom, said. Only 17 MPs - from a total of 105 - voted against the election of Mr Sarkasian.

"The chances of the ongoing protests growing into a revolution are low, but in case the authorities fail to deliver on the people's main demand - the demand for change - a revolution will not take long to arrive", he added.

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