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Police, protesters clash in Armenia as leader stays in power

Actions under a civil disobedience plan caused by nomination of the former president Serzh Sargsyan to the prime minister's post have started in Yerevan this morning.

As reported by Oxu.Az, the vice speaker of the Armenian parliament, a member of the executive body of the Republican Party of Armenia Eduard Sharmazanov, stated this on Monday.

On the evening of 13 April Nikol Pashinyan began-hour action in protest against a possible Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. The protesters have jammed the traffic movement in the downtown Yerevan near the French Square, closing it and several nearby streets for traffic.

"Our workplace is the National Assembly", he said.

"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.

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Police have set up a barricade on the Marshal Baghramyan Street in order to prevent protesters from making their way to the parliament building.

Serzh Sargsyan was replaced by Armen Sarkissian, who was inaugurated as the fourth president of Armenia on April 9.

According to the constitution, if elections for the prime minister fail to be held twice, the current parliament is dismissed and new parliamentary elections are scheduled.

Clashes over control of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is in Azerbaijan but is controlled by ethnic Armenians, have intensified in the past three years and there was a flare-up in violence there in April 2016.

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