From 13 April, marches, meetings, and other acts of protest took place across Armenia as part of the ‘My Step’ initiative from the Civil Contract Party, and their leader Nikol Pashinyan. Protesters were struggling against the premiership of Armenia’s third President, Serzh Sargsyan. In the weeks of demonstrations, students made up the bulk of the protesters committing acts of civil disobedience, throughout Yerevan and beyond.
The leader of Armenian protests Nikol Pashinyan has called on people to pause demonstrations, after the ruling Republican Party suggested they might support his appointment as prime minister in a vote on 8 May. [Read more…]
Mass protests throughout Armenia have gained a second wind after parliament failed to appoint protest leader Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister yesterday. Pashinyan has been demanding a ‘full transfer of power’ from the ruling Republican Party to his movement. [Read more…]
Armenia’s parliament, the National Assembly, has failed to appoint a new prime minister. Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan gained the votes of 45 MPs, with all three opposition factions supporting him, but 56 MPs voted against him. He failed to win a majority after the ruling Republican Party voted against him, despite earlier vowing not to block his appointment. [Read more…]
Armenia’s ruling Republican Party (RPA) have declared that they will not put forward their own candidate for prime minister and will not try to prevent opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan from being appointed. The country’s parliament, the National Assembly, is due to select a new Prime Minister on 1 May following the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan, amidst weeks of street protests against his rule.
The new law on conscription has left many Armenian students stunned. While stressing their commitment to serving the country, many worry that in practice, it will be hard to obtain Master’s degree after three years of non-deferrable military service.
Protest rallies erupted in the Armenian capital of Yerevan last week after the death of Artur Sargsyan, who passed away after being on hunger strike for 25 days. Sargsyan was accused of assisting the ‘Daredevils of Sasun’ — an armed group of Karabakh war veterans who stormed a police station in Yerevan in July 2016, taking hostages. Two police officers were killed during the crisis.