Armenians protest ex-leader's move to stay in power

Armenians protest ex-leader's move to stay in power

The protesters took to the streets after opposition leader Pashinian called on Armenians to stage rallies to prevent Sarkisian's political transition. The pro-Moscow politician ended his second and final presidential term last week but has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister.

During the rallies, dozens were injured, including opposition leader Nikol Pashinian - who called the protests - and a number of police officers.

Prior to that, the people entering the university building joined the demonstrators.

Several thousand people blocked traffic Monday morning and camped on the streets. The statement also stressed that the right to peaceful assembly "wasn't absolute" if accompanied by gross violations of public order. Later on the police closed the part of Baghramyan Avenue which leads to the Parliament. The Constitution of Armenia was changed, transforming it from presidential to a parliamentary state.

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"The aim of the ruling elites is to preserve their corrupt and undemocratic regime", Grigoryan said, adding that "Sargsyan's appointment will bring dictatorship to Armenia".

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

Dashnaktsutyun Party ruling coalition's parliamentary session on Monday, and with respect to nominating ex-President Serzh Sargsyan as the next Prime Minister, lasted about five minutes, NEWS.am reported.

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