Nikol Pashinyan: from fugitive to victorious protest leader

Embattled Armenian prime minister resigns

Embattled Armenian prime minister resigns

"Being concerned about the current situation, as the head of the executive power I appeal to the President of the Republic of Armenia to organize a meeting with a board range of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary political forces to discuss the current internal political situation and find possible ways out of it", said Karapetyan.

Clutching a purple rose, the bearded Pashinyan, 42, led a huge crowd of supporters to the hilltop Tsitsernakaberd memorial, wearing his trademark khaki-coloured T-shirt, where he held official commemorations.

After Monday's celebrations, Tuesday began on a more somber note as the country marked the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The crisis has seen tens of thousands of people take to the streets in anti-government protests in the last two weeks and looked to have peaked on Monday when Serzh Sarksyan, the object of protesters' fury, resigned as 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. "A faction that got 7-8 percent of the vote [in the April 2017 parliamentary elections] can not speak on behalf of the people", he said, referring to the opposition Yelk bloc, of which Pashinyan is a leader.

Protests erupted in Armenia following the nomination of Sargsyan as the prime ministerial candidate on April 13. The protests in Armenia have been mostly peaceful with some exceptions.

Asked last week if he was afraid of getting arrested, Pashinyan said: "In Armenia I feel comfortable everywhere, be it at home, on the street or in prison".

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He was first elected president in a hotly disputed 2008 ballot marred by opposition allegations of fraud and a deadly post-election government crackdown on protesters in Yerevan.

On Wednesday, Pashinyan and Acting Prime Minister Karen Karpetyan were scheduled to hold talks, but the meeting was canceled. Unlike in some of its neighbors, Armenia's social-media space remains free. His movement has proved particularly popular with young Armenians, who have taken to the streets in unprecedentedly large numbers.

The new constitution states that the president serves for seven years and can not be elected to consecutive terms.

As expected and despite repeated promises not to seek the position of prime minister, Sargsyan, with the help of his ruling party, weaseled his way to the top government position. The HAK too called for a "smooth transfer of power".

"As a friend and partner to Armenia, we commend the Armenian people for engaging in dialogue to forge their sovereign future through democratic and peaceful means", the statement concludes.

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.

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