Armenian Opposition Leader Wants to Become PM

Women dance as they celebrate Armenian prime minister Serzh Sargsyan resignation in downtown Yerevan on Monday

Women dance as they celebrate Armenian prime minister Serzh Sargsyan resignation in downtown Yerevan on Monday

A drone captured footage of a massive crowd of protesters who flocked to streets in Armenia's capital Yerevan this week to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who also served as president for several years.

Sargsyan's government passed a number of political and economic reforms, yet largely due to political unwillingness, little to no change occurred. And with Sargsyan gone, Armenia's victorious protesters are unlikely to accept the status quo, said Shirinyan. The opposition opted to disrupt traffic on Yerevan's main streets and otherwise create trouble for the administration of the capital.

Sargsyan's resignation has prompted a flurry of think-pieces wondering whether the Armenian leader's downfall could weaken Putin.

Karapetyan said on Tuesday that "the current impasse can only be resolved through political negotiations and while we respect the wishes and freedom of the people on the streets, we need to adhere to the country's laws and constitution".

The Armenian government, it seems, failed to keep up with its demands.

For its part, the HHK's junior coalition partner, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), expressed hope that Armenia's leading political groups will agree on an "agenda that would include a timetable and a roadmap for rapid reforms necessary for the country".

The liberal opposition was incensed, accusing Sargsyan of implementing the system change to circumvent the two-term limit.

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It further says that the co-chairs call on the sides to take immediate measures to reduce tensions, and look forward to meeting with the parties as soon as possible to renew intensified negotiations to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Pashinyan also reached out to those Armenians who might feel threatened by Sargsyan's ouster.

"Moscow is being neutral and leaves room for maneuver in order to be able to bargain with the eventual victor later on", political analyst Megrabyan said. He vowed to strive for an "atmosphere of national unity".

After that, however, the focus will shift to the future: On Wednesday, Pashinyan is set to meet Karen Karapetyan, the former prime minister who is now back in the job on an interim basis. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on her Facebook page, praising Armenians for refraining from violence.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia, Giuseppe Galati (Italy, EPP/CD) and Yuliya Lovochkina (Ukraine, SOC), on April 24 reacted to the developments.

Sarkisian stunned the country on Monday by standing down from his new post as prime minister.

In the meanwhile they stressed that all who were detained while peacefully demonstrating should be released and the right to peaceful assembly should be fully respected. "Let's see if they leave us alone this time".

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