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In Yerevan there were clashes between students and police

17 April 2018, 12:14 | Jodi Jackson

Yerevan Protests Sargsyan Gets Elected Prime Minister but People Control the Streets

Yerevan Protests Sargsyan Gets Elected Prime Minister but People Control the Streets

Opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan was also injured when crossing the barbed wire.

Sarkisian, 63, ended his second and final presidential term last week.

Authorities said 46 people including six policemen sought medical help. The parliament is expected to vote Tuesday on the matter. Since the morning of April 16 the opposition has been making protests in the center of Yerevan. According to Armenian media, they are chanting "Asadul", urging students to boycott the educational process. Several hundred people sat or laid down on pavements, blocking roads leading to the parliament building and universities.

"Something unprecedented is happening in Armenia - the same person wants to become the country's leader for a third time", Pashinian said at the weekend. 'Fake agenda' Parliamentary vice-speaker Eduard Sharmazanov, who is the ruling party's spokesman, dismissed the protests as "the opposition's artificial and fake agenda".

The new system sees the president's powers weakened and the prime minister taking a dominant role.

Organizers of the anti-Serzh Sargsyan protests that brought downtown Yerevan to a halt today, have called on the worldwide community to urge the Armenian government to halt all undemocratic measures against peaceful protesters.

Tensions in Armenia often flare up during presidential and parliamentary elections.

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