Armenian PM Serzh resigns amid mega-scale protests

‘The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand,’ says Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan
ANKARA: Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan on Monday announced his resignation after days of protests in the country, local media reported.
Citing the Prime Ministry, local media quoted Sargsyan saying: “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.”
Protests erupted in Armenia following the nomination of Sargsyan as the prime ministerial candidate on April 13. They were joined by uniformed soldiers.
First Deputy Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan will serve as the acting premier temporarily, the cabinet said.
After serving as Armenia’s president for two terms, Sargsyan was elected prime minister on April 17.
A 2015 referendum backed by then-President Sargsyan transferred key elements of presidential authority to the prime minister.–AA

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