Armenia’s acting prime minister, Karen Karapetyan, has rejected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan’s demands he step down to be replaced by a ‘people’s prime minister’. Pashinyan’s demand has been widely interpreted as referencing himself.
Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan has called for fresh parliamentary elections in Armenia, following the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Sargsyan stepped down after an 11-day campaign of street protests and civil disobedience against his rule.
In a meeting with opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan on Sunday, embattled Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan raised the spectre of 1 March 2008 — when police violently broke up protests leading to the deaths of 10 people. Ten years have passed since then, and the Armenia Sargsyan now stands before, the protests he now faces, are something entirely different. [Read more…]
Nikol Pashinyan and several other leaders of protests in Armenia against Serzh Sargsyan’s appointment as prime minister have been detained by police. Sargsyan walked out of a meeting with Pashinyan in front of journalists Sunday morning, calling it ‘blackmail’. [Read more…]
As protests in Yerevan continue unabated, Serzh Sargsyan’s grip on power seems as tight now as ever before. Whatever their outcome, one thing seems clear, discontent against his rule has become more pronounced than ever before.
Thousands continue to protest in Yerevan against ex-president Serzh Sargsyan’s appointment as Prime Minister of Armenia, with smaller protests in other cities. The ruling party has called on the protest leader to engage in ‘dialogue’.
Ex-president Serzh Sargsyan has been sworn in as prime minister by Armenia’s parliament, the National Assembly, by 77 votes to 17. Mass-protests in Yerevan went into a fifth day on Tuesday, with thousands coming out to protest Sargsyan’s appointment, reportedly surrounding government buildings and clashing with police. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called for a campaign of ‘total disobedience’, declaring the movement a ‘velvet revolution’. [Read more…]
Low pay and high unemployment have led many Armenian women to seek work beyond the country’s borders. Despite fears of trafficking, often abusive working conditions, and a closed border with Turkey, the allure of higher salaries have led thousands to leave Armenia, mainly to Russia and even Turkey — a country many consider an ‘enemy land’.
Mass protests erupted on Friday following ex-president Serzh Sargsyan’s announcement that he would seek the position of Prime Minister, now the most powerful post in the country.