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Protest against ex-leader's move in Armenia

Protest against ex-leader's move in Armenia Protest against ex-leader's move in Armenia
Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 22:21

The crowd of protesters led by MP Nikol Pashinyan continue their protest march along the central streets in capital Yerevan.

He once again urged to block the streets in Yerevan not to let the parliament hold a session on Tuesday during which a PM has to be elected.

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. Some protesters began to build barricades with trash bins and benches.

Earlier this week, two opposition lawmakers set off smoke flares in parliament to protest plans for Serzh Sarkisian to become prime minister. He will operate under a new political system that sees the president's powers weakened and the prime minister taking a dominant role.

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.