Armenian opposition begins civil disobedience demonstration: roads shut down in Yerevan

Armenian opposition begins civil disobedience demonstration: roads shut down in Yerevan

Armenian opposition begins civil disobedience demonstration: roads shut down in Yerevan

JAMnews has earlier reported on the details of the civil disobedience movement in Armenia, the aim of which is not to allow former president Serzh Sargsyan to become the prime minister of the country and continue to lead.

Protesters took to the streets after opposition leader Nikol Pashinian called on Armenians to stage rallies to prevent Sarkisian's political transition. The protesters blocked traffic, which paralyzed for the third day. He announced that there would be a "transport collapse" in the capital and called on people to empty their bank accounts and come out and join the demonstrations near the building of the National Assembly.

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The country's new figurehead president, Armen Sarkisian, was sworn in last week but his powers will be weaker under a new parliamentary system of government. According to the statement, the candidacy of Serzh Sargsyan will be officially put forward by the HHK parliamentary faction on April 16.

Sarkisian has also faced criticism from opponents who accuse the government of Armenia, which gained independence in the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union but relies on Russian Federation for aid and investment, of corruption and economic mismanagement.

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Many members of the ruling party contend that the 64-year-old Sarkisian is the best candidate for prime minister given his lengthy experience, especially when it comes to talks over neighboring Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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