Armenians protest leader's plan to stay in power as prime minister

Yerevan “Reject Serzh” Activists Block Mashtots Avenue

JAMnews has earlier reported on the details of the civil disobedience movement in Armenia, the aim of which is not to allow former president Serzh Sargsyan to become the prime minister of the country and continue to lead.

Supporters of the leader of Armenia's "Civil Treaty" party Nikol Pashinyan are holding a rally at the Liberty Square in the center of Yerevan, Sputnik Armenia reported on April 13.

"The Police stressed that the right to peaceful assembly, accompanied by violations of public order, is not absolute and can be subject to restrictions by proportionate actions of the Police arising from the situation, up to the decision to end the strike".

According to the constitution, if elections for the prime minister fail to be held twice, the current parliament is dismissed and new parliamentary elections are scheduled.

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Pashinyan on Sunday had called on people to block Yerevan's bridges, streets, and subway on Monday.

The change in the governing system was approved in a referendum in 2015.

Former ambassador to the United Kingdom Armen Sarkissian was sworn in as the country's fourth president on April 9, while the parliament is set to elect a new prime minister on April 17. When all constitutional amendments finally come into force, Armenia will complete its transition to a parliamentary form of government, with the prime minister exercising executive authority and the president performing mainly representative functions and being in charge of control over compliance with the constitution.

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