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Armenians protest against ex-leader's move to stay in power

16 April 2018

Armenia's former president Serzh Sargsyan was nominated today for the post of prime minister, a spokesman for Republican Party of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov said.

On the eve of April 15, speaking at the France Square, where non-stop protests against the Serzh Sargsyan nomination had been passing for four days, Pashinyan called for civil disobedience. The protesters have jammed the traffic movement in the downtown Yerevan near the French Square, closing it and several nearby streets for traffic.

The protesters, many waving Armenian flags, clogged Marshal Bagramian Avenue, which leads to the National Assembly building, stopping traffic in the process.

"We can not let this happen".

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"The time has come to liberate Armenia's citizens".

In a statement issued early on April 16, police said the protests were illegal and warned that law enforcement had the authority to forcibly "discontinue" street gatherings accompanied by "collective breaches of public order". He became the first head of state, elected by the parliament after the country's transition to a parliamentary form of government.

The 63-year-old ended his second and final presidential term last week and has been nominated by the ruling party for the post of prime minister.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Serzh Sarkisian's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.

Armenians protest against ex-leader's move to stay in power