Protests erupt in Armenia ahead of ex-president's 'appointment as PM'

Armenian Police Trying to Disperse Protesters in Yerevan

In this edition Day.Az reported that the activists, led by the leader of the party "Civil contract", Deputy of the parliamentary faction of the "EFC" Nikol Pashinyan broke into the building of Yerevan state base medical College. Sargsyan, whose party holds a majority in parliament, is set to be easily approved for the premiership on Tuesday. The pro-Moscow politician ended his second and final presidential term last week but has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister. Later on, the most serious incident of the demonstration so far happened when the passengers of one of the vehicles attacked the protesters as the vehicle drove through the barrier.

Since Monday morning, the demonstrators have blocked numerous streets in downtown Yerevan.

On April 14, Armenia's ruling Republican Party nominated Serzh Sargsyan for the post of prime minister. Some chanted "Armenia without Serzh" and "Serzh is a liar". Some protesters began to build barricades with trash bins and benches.

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Armenia's opposition views the move as Sargsyan's attempt to stay in power indefinitely and has vowed to keep protesting around the clock. A shrewd former military officer, Sarkisian has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million since winning a presidential vote in 2008.

The National Assembly will be meeting tomorrow to elect the Prime Minister.

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