Around a thousand protesters staged rallies on Monday in the Armenian capital against former president Serzh Sarkisian as he moves to maintain a chokehold on power as prime minister.
Police used stun grenades against protesters who sought to break through a barbed wire cordon in the centre of the capital Yerevan in an effort to get to the parliament building during rallies against former president Serzh Sarkisian. Unlike previous post-Soviet presidents in Armenia, Armen Sarkisian was elected by parliament instead of by popular vote.
The protests were announced by the opposition Yelk (way out) coalition on 12 April, a day after Serzh Sargsyan's announcement, while lighting coloured smoke flares on the assembly floor of the Armenian parliament.
Despite the protests, Serzh Sargsyan was nominated for PM by the ruling Republican Party on Saturday.
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"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.
In this edition Day.Az reported that the activists, led by the leader of the party "Civil contract", Deputy of the parliamentary faction of the "EFC" Nikol Pashinyan broke into the building of Yerevan state base medical College.
Some protesters chanted "Armenia without Serzh" and "Serzh is a liar". Some built barricades using cast-iron benches and metal trash cans.
Rallies began on Friday when more than 4,000 people took part. The new system sees the president's powers weakened and the prime minister taking a dominant role.