Armenian opposition leader calls new rally for Wednesday

Yerevan's Republic Square. Gevorg Ghazaryan  Xinhua News Agency  PA Images. All rights reserved

Yerevan's Republic Square. Gevorg Ghazaryan Xinhua News Agency PA Images. All rights reserved

Anti-government demonstrations erupted nearly two weeks ago against the pro-Russian Sargsyan when he was appointed prime minister after a decade as president, part of a new transition of governance that bolsters the role of the premier.

—April 21: Some 50,000 demonstrators block streets in Yerevan, as authorities announce more than 70 people have been arrested.

Opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan, a federal parliament member who was detained over the weekend, was released Monday with fellow protesters.

Hundreds of soldiers have joined anti-government protests in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on Monday, accusing the country's prime minister of corruption and authoritarian rule. The opposition says some 290,000 people have left the country since Sarkisian came to power in 2008.

Protests loosely organised around the slogan "No to Serzh", had been held since March, with tens of thousands coming out into the streets daily after 13 April in what Pashinyan called a "velvet revolution".

"Armenia carried out the massacre of Azerbaijanis and continues to pursue the occupation policy", she said.

The spokesman noted that the presence of Armenian troops in the occupied Azerbaijani territories remains a major threat to peace and stability in the region. "The objective was to mislead the society", Hajiyev said.

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On April 24, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Karen Karapetyan met with Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan.

The opposition and ruling party could not agree on an agenda or format for Wednesday's meeting, although Karapetyan said one of the topics at a rescheduled session could be holding early parliamentary elections, something Pashinyan was insisting on. Political parties will now have a week to nominate a new prime minister.

"Yes, of course we are ready to lead our country", Armenian National Congress leader Nikol Pashinyan said at a news conference in the capital of Yerevan.

Pashinian, anticipating possible resistance, warned that a peaceful "Velvet Revolution" had brought about change but warned the HHK that it could not create a situation where they will be able to rule from the shadows. Armenian Republicans garnered 49.5% of the vote and formed a coalition with the nationalist Dashnaktsutyun (Armenian Revolutionary Federation), which received 6.58% of the vote. "I was wrong", he wrote. In that context, he described as "very important" the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman's reaction to the dramatic events in Armenia.

Armenia has moved closer to Moscow under Sargsyan, joining Russia's Eurasian Economic Union in 2013, thereby thwarting negotiations for an association agreement with the European Union.

Commemorations at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial in Yerevan - the country's most visited landmark - were led by the acting head of government, Karen Karapetyan, and the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Karekin II.

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