Armenia’s Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has stepped down over widespread anti-government protests across the country.
Mr. Sargsyan resigned early on Monday following days of protests in Yerevan where hundreds of military personnel in uniform joined the mass protests.
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Announcing his resignation, Mr. Sargsyan said in a statement, “Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong. This situation requires solutions, but I won’t participate in them. I leave the post of this country’s prime minister.”
Serzh Sargsyan’s statement added: “The movement on the streets is against my office. I will fulfill your claim.”
People have won in #Armenia – Prime Minister resigned! https://t.co/sGOF3ERBch A very decent move considering how many ways this could have gone bad. Congratulations to the people in the streets. pic.twitter.com/68GyxtygZ4
— Giorgi Gogia (@Giorgi_Gogia) April 23, 2018
The opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was released from detention hours before the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan.
Mr. Pashinyan has demanded a snap election following the resignation of Serzh Sargsyan. Mr. Sargasyan told a rally in Yerevan that he is “ready to discuss conditions of Sargsyan’s resignation and transfer of power.”
Prime Minister of Armenia resigns after massive protests over his switch from president for 10 years to PM.
Not everyone can be Putin…
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Mr. Pashinyan added: “The National Assembly shall be entitled to nominate candidates for prime minister within a week. Until then, an interim government will be formed, after that snap extraordinary parliamentary elections are needed.”