Talks Cancelled: Armenian Opposition to Stage Rallies

Nikol Pashinyan addressing a rally in Yerevan Photo: A screenshot of a video posted by RFE/RL on Twitter
Nikol Pashinyan addressing a rally in Yerevan Photo: A screenshot of a video posted by RFE/RL on Twitter

Nikol Pashinyan, the Armenian opposition leader, has called on his supporters to stage a protest on Wednesday following the cancellation of talks with the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).

After the cancellation of talks, the acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said in a statement, “Nikol Pashinyan has unilaterally put forward new conditions with respect to the format, the agenda, and media coverage of the meeting.”

“This is not a negotiation or dialogue, but presentation of one’s own agenda and point of view,” the acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s statement added.

Mr. Pashinyan has been demanding a snap election. He told a rally following the resignation of the former Prime Minister Sargsyan, “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.”

Mr. Pashinyan has blamed the ruling party for the cancellation of talks. He told in a press conference that “the Republican Party of Armenia does not exist, only its ghost remains.”

“I do not need any guarantees from the RPA. We have a stronger guarantee, a guarantee of the people and the diaspora. I do not see any force that can resist the people of Armenia,” Mr. Pashinyan added.

Armenia has been going through a political impasse after former President Sargsyan became Prime Minister of the country following a constitutional reform in 2015 that turned the country into a parliamentary one from the previous presidential system.

Mr. Sargsyan served as the President of Armenia twice. Opposition groups held rallies to protest Sargsyan’s ‘efforts to cling to power’.

As a result, Armenia’s former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan 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.

On Tuesday, following the cancellation of talks, the acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan said, “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.”


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