Yerevan opposition rally grows into clash with police

Yerevan opposition rally grows into clash with police

Having previously played down suggestions he would run again for political office, Sargsyan announced on 11 April that he would seek the position of Prime Minister, now the most powerful post in the country. After Khachatur Abovyan, which is located in the city center.

"Three policemen were hospitalized".

Periodically, there are also skirmishes with the drivers of vehicles blocked by protesters.

"Gathered here are those who want to live in freedom, those who don't want Serzh Sargsyan to become prime minister", said one of the protesters.

Demonstrators marched through the centre of the capital Yerevan and blocked streets in opposition to a change of government that will see Sarkisian maintain huge influence under a new parliamentary system of government. 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. Sargsyan, whose party holds a majority in parliament, is set to be easily approved for the premiership on Tuesday.

Armenia, a country of three million people in the southern Caucasus, seceded in 1991 from the then-Soviet Union but still relies on Russian Federation for aid and investment. RFE/RL's Armenian service, Radio Azatutyun, quoted Pashinyan as attributing the move to the state media's failure to properly cover the protests, calling this and other broadcasters "mouthpieces of government propaganda".

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