Thursday 15 November 2018

Opposition protesters block Armenia’s main airport

Political turmoil has gripped the country since mid-April, following the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sargsyan.

Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian protest in Republic Square in Yerevan (AP)
Supporters of opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian protest in Republic Square in Yerevan (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Opposition protesters have blocked the road leading from Armenia’s capital, Yerevan, to its airport, as well as several subway stations and government ministries after their leader called for a national strike.

The actions follow the parliament’s rejection of a bid by opposition leader Nikol Pashinian to become prime minister, and intensify the political turmoil that has gripped the country since mid-April.

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Political turmoil has gripped Armenia since mid-April (AP)

Mass demonstrations forced Serzh Sargsyan to resign last week as prime minister just days after he was named to the post.

Mr Sargsyan was Armenia’s president for 10 years before stepping down due to term limits.

He became prime minister amid a change in government structure that boosts the post’s powers. Opponents said the shift would allow him to remain the country’s leader indefinitely.

Press Association

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