Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests

The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he’ll maintain talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday.

Nikol Pashinyan has been main requires Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitutional change that opponents say is an try and retain energy.

The change transferred vital energy to the prime minister, a task Mr Sargsyan solely took on final week.

He stepped down as president after reaching his two-term restrict.

Mr Pashinyan says he’s solely ready to debate the main points of the prime minister’s resignation and the logistics of transferring energy.

On Saturday, he informed hundreds of protesters gathered on Republic Sq. within the capital Yerevan that Mr Sargsyan did not perceive the brand new actuality in Armenia.

However Mr Sargsyan has known as for dialogue to keep away from what he termed “irreversible penalties”.

Riot police have been going through off with crowds of demonstrators for days and scuffles have damaged out, with a lot of arrests.

Many Armenians wish to see real change of their nation however they really feel that they’re being disadvantaged of that chance as a result of the management stays the identical, the BBC’s Rayhan Demytrie experiences.

What occurred on Saturday?

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Mr Pashinyan’s announcement that he’ll maintain talks with the prime minister adopted a dramatic intervention from the nation’s new president.

Armen Sargsyan – who just isn’t associated to Serzh Sargsyan – walked via crowds of protesters to shake palms with Mr Pashinyan and reportedly to suggest formal talks.

They talked for about 10 minutes, reporters say, with Mr Sargsyan suggesting they transfer to a lodge to carry correct negotiations.

Mr Pashinyan declined the provide of rapid talks however requested for a assure that drive wouldn’t be used in opposition to the demonstrators.

Escorted by his bodyguards, the president then walked again to his automobile and left as the group chanted “Take a step – overthrow Serzh”.

Why is there such anger at Serzh Sargsyan?

Mr Pashinyan lately described the motion he leads as a “velvet revolution”, referring to the peaceable protests in 1989 that ended communist rule in Czechoslovakia (which later cut up into two states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia).

The veteran opposition activist, who was jailed over his half in violent protests in opposition to Mr Sargsyan in 2008, known as on supporters to “paralyse all the state system” as a result of “energy ought to cross to the individuals”.

Whereas president, Serzh Sargsyan stated he had no intention of changing into prime minister on the finish of his second five-year time period.

Nonetheless, on Tuesday he was chosen by parliament to function prime minister.

In 2008, when Mr Sargsyan was first elected president, demonstrations erupted, with protesters alleging vote-rigging. A minimum of eight individuals died in clashes with the authorities.

His supporters argue that the robust veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh warfare with Azerbaijan within the late 1980s has offered the nationwide safety Armenia wants however he has been accused of failing to handle persevering with tensions with Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Nearer to dwelling, critics have recognized his rule with widespread poverty and over-dependence on Russia.

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