AGBU: Serzh Sargsyan honored the voice of the people

Embattled Armenian prime minister resigns

The protests, which lasted ten days, culminated on Monday when Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who has ruled Armenia since 2008, announced his resignation, saying that he was "wrong" to reject the opposition's demands for him to step down. The protesters are anxious to see whether the party of president-turned-prime minister Sargsyan will try to maintain its grip on power. They walked solemnly, but frequently erupted into applause and cries of joy over their victory, which came after almost two weeks of peaceful protests led by former journalist turned fiery opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan.

The list of post-Soviet revolutions keeps growing. In 2015, large numbers of Armenians took to the streets to demonstrate against high electricity prices, causing Sargsyan to change course.

Protests erupted in Armenia following the nomination of Sargsyan as the prime ministerial candidate on April 13.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed hope that the country's new leader would suit "all forces representing the Armenian people".

"We can't agree on the appointment of this party's representative as prime minister and we can't allow this corrupted system to continue to exist", he said, urging supporters "to come to the square and finish the velvet revolution".

His resignation follows days of heated protests in the streets of Yerevan, Armenia's capital, and large cities across the eastern European nation. "The Armenians through civil disobedience and his own voice forced to resign, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan", - he said in his Twitter.

In remarks publicized by the government's press office, Karapetyan made no mention of the elections demanded by Pashinyan.

The political upheaval also happens to coincide with the country's Genocide Remembrance Day on Tuesday, when people were already planning to take to the streets to commemorate the 1915 conflict. Now, the familiar scenario is playing out in Armenia, a particularly close Russian ally in the post-Soviet era.

Russian Federation appeared to cautiously approve Sargsyan's resignation.

The two countries then signed a protocol normalizing relations but earlier this year Sargsyan admitted the talks had got nowhere.

The leader of the Karabakh separatists Bako Sahakyan during the meeting with Leader of the Armenian opposition Nikol Pashinyan stated the need to resolve the disputable issues through dialogue. "It's not that every demonstration in every corner of the world leads to the resignation of the authorities", he said.

Sarkisian plays chess well and is the president of the Armenian chess federation.



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