President Armen Sarkissian "We Live in a New Armenia"

27 April, 2018, 00:53 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Armenian prime minister to be elected on May 1

President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian issued a message on April 26 following yesterday's consultations with the political forces and public-political figures, the Presidential Office told Armenpress.

During yesterday's protest rally at Republic Square, participants confirmed that opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan would stand as the people's candidate for the post of prime minister.

Although the demonstrations have been peaceful, the upheaval has threatened to destabilise Armenia, an ally of Russian Federation, in a volatile region riven by a decades-long, low-level conflict with neighbouring Azerbaijan.

Sargsyan, who previously served as president for a decade until he reached his term limit this month, tendered his resignation earlier this week as tens of thousands of Armenians took to the streets to protest.

Acting prime minister Karen Karapetyan who has said he would be ready to declare a state of emergency if needed, is now under pressure to deliver on promised elections.

Protesters said Thursday they would be taking to the streets until the ruling elites were ousted.

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Acting PM Karapetian too has close ties with Russian Federation.

"We will have a people's prime minister and after the election a people's government and parliament", said Anna Agababyan, a 38-year-old teacher who was protesting in Yerevan, the capital, on Thursday, holding a small national flag. In this photo, opposition leader Nikol Pashinian (R) is seen in a meeting with Sargsyan on April 22, urging him to step down.

"It was stressed that the settlement of the crisis situation in Armenia should be conducted exclusively within the legal framework", the Kremlin said after the phone talks. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he did not regard Armenia's political tumult as a Ukraine-style revolt against pro-Russia politicians.

From now on we turn a new page in the history of Armenia.

But an end to the political crisis was nowhere in sight, with the protest leader lacking enough votes to get elected in a parliament still controlled by the ruling Republican Party.

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