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More Arrests As Armenia Protests Continue

More Arrests As Armenia Protests Continue

Some demonstrators banged drums and shouted: "Armenia without Serzh!" They were trying to prevent Serzh Sarkisian from chairing his first cabinet meeting as prime minister.

In this context I share the concerns raised by various social-political organizations over the situation and hail the proposal of the ARF to establish a platform for political consultations under the auspices of the President of Armenia to find joint and prudent solutions to the existing problems.

While police can detain protesters who commit wrongdoing, many of these detentions appear arbitrary, as the protesters seem to have done nothing but legitimately exercise their right to freedom of assembly.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the centre of the Armenian capital to protest as parliament voted to allow former president Serzh Sarksyan to become prime minister.

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Constitutional amendments approved in 2015 have transferred governing powers from the presidency to the premier.

Sargisyan was president for a decade, and stepped down last week because of a term limit.

"We are watching the events that are unfolding in Armenia and - most importantly - hoping that everything will be within the legal framework", said Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Had the people supported unlawful actions, millions would have taken to the streets.

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The complete text of the presidential announcement is provided below as issued by the presidential press service.

"The scale of protests proves that huge public anger has grown over the past few years", political observer Stepan Safaian said.

"The overwhelming majority of the country's population wants political change", he told AFP. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance.

Even though the two men share the same surname, they are not related.

The protests began also in Gyumri. A day earlier, police used tear gas and stun grenades when protesters tried to break through police cordons.

Several hundred protesters then marched through Yerevan's suburban districts, briefly blocking road traffic and chanting anti-government slogans.


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