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New Wave of Protests in Armenia: Capital's Motorways Blocked by Opposition

New Wave of Protests in Armenia: Capital's Motorways Blocked by Opposition

New Wave of Protests in Armenia: Capital's Motorways Blocked by Opposition

Last night, ARF Bureau member and head of the party's political affairs Armen Rustamynan and ARF Supreme Council of Armenia representative Arsen Hambardzumyan met with opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Nikol Pashinyan of the Yelk faction-a central figure in the demonstrations that ousted Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian on Monday.

"We will have a people's prime minister and after the election a people's government and parliament", said Anna Agababyan, a 38-year-old teacher who was protesting in Yerevan, the capital, on Thursday, holding a small national flag.

So far only Pashinian has expressed his intention to run for prime minister. On April 23, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan tendered his resigned in the wake of protests.

People took to the streets and marched in columns several hundred, formed a human chain, blocking the road for vehicles. Two major parties are already backing Pashinian, but the opposition lawmaker is still six votes short of the 53 he needs from the 105-seat legislature.

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on Thursday to Karapetyan, a former executive of Russian gas giant Gazprom, and made clear that Moscow was watching events closely and did not want mob rule in Armenia, the Kremlin said.

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Arut Khachatryan, a 17-year-old high school student, said: "We are witnessing a decisive moment". The opposition controls a total of 47 seats, whereas HHK has 58 and could both block the opposition's candidate and force through their own. Dashnaktsutyun has also said it will vote for Pashinian. As a result, the parliamentary vote is turning into a showdown. He says that nothing threatens Russia's interests in Armenia, including the Russian military base in Gyumri, even after power change.

"I've just rounded up a meeting with my allies and we took a strategic decision regarding a second round of the velvet revolution", Pashinian said.

On the streets of Armenia's capital again came the protesters. Opponents said the new system would have allowed Sargsyan to remain Armenia's leader indefinitely. "We are not going to make any sharp geopolitical moves", Pashinyan added, reports Tass.

Russian Federation conceives that the situation in Armenia was prompted by domestic factors and not foreign forces, Fyodor Lukyanov, political analyst, editor-in-chief of Russian Federation in Global Politics magazine, told Sputnik Armenia.

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