July 17, 2018

Armenia’s prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests (Washingtonpost)

Armenia’s prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests (Washingtonpost)

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan said Monday that he was stepping down as premier amid large-scale protests against his rule.

Anti-government demonstrations erupted almost two weeks ago against the pro-Russian Sargsyan when he was appointed prime minister after a decade as president, part of a new transition of governance that bolsters the role of the premier. The move effectively tightened the 63-year-old’s grip over the former Soviet republic in the South Caucasus.

Sargsyan’s political opponents accused him of changing the law so he could effectively retain power into a second decade. Read more

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