Armenian protesters pile pressure on new premier

Armenian protesters pile pressure on new premier

Armenians during an opposition rally in central Yerevan, the Armenian capital.

Sargsyan served as Armenia's president from 2008 until stepping down because of term limits.

"We are happy to learn that the majority of the protesters and the police show a respectful and responsible behavior during the last few days". Some protesters were detained in the Square of France, as they tried to block Mashtots Avenue. However, Sargsyan was elected Prime Minister on Tuesday amid the rallies.

Armenia's radical opposition unleashed mass protests on April 13 against the nomination of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan's candidacy to the position of the country's prime minister.

Protests in Armenia have continued for the sixth straight day shutting Yerevan's downtown.

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Opposition leader Nikol Pashinian, right, speaks to a police officer in front of a police line blocking the way to demonstrators protesting the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

The constitution was approved by a referendum in 2015.

Political analysts said it was too early to call the protests the start of a revolution but warned that the authorities could lose control of the situation. The protesters have been chanting "Serzh the liar" about the ex-president, who in the past said that he had no intention of becoming the country's prime minister after the end of his second presidential term. "This is a peaceful, people's revolution".

In 2014 Mr Sarkisian promised that he would did intend becoming prime minister if Armenia switched from a presidential to the parliamentary system. Several dozen people were injured in the clashes.

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