Armenians protest Sargsyan's appointment as PM

Armenians protest leader's plan to stay in power as prime minister

Armenians protest leader's plan to stay in power as prime minister

Protesters led by opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian broke into the building Saturday and tried to get on the air but failed and retreated shortly afterward.

Opposition activists assert that the changes were tailored specially to allow Sarkisian to continue after his two terms as president ended.

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.


Thousands of protesters have been demonstrating in Yerevan since April 13, boycotting the ruling Republican Party of Armenia's decision to nominate Serzh Sargsyan as the next prime minister of Armenia. The opposition is launching acts of protest in order to undermine the election.

A shrewd former military officer, Sarkisian has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million since winning a presidential vote in 2008.

The country's new figurehead president, Armen Sarkisian, was sworn in last week but his powers will be weaker under a new parliamentary system of government.

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