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

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

The incident comes amid protests against a recent change of government that the opposition sees as a move for ex-President Serzh Sargsyan to stay in power.

Protesters took to the streets after Nikol Pashinyan, leader of the initiative dubbed "My Step", announced an action of civil disobedience and urged all to go on a strike and join the rally.

Also, Pashinyan said volunteers-pedestrians, protest auto rally participants, and cyclists-will be signed up because active actions will begin on Monday, news.am reports.

As for transport, the plan began as promised at 08:15 in the morning.

Representatives of the Armenian opposition have blockaded several streets and intersections in Yerevan, continuing a protest action against the nomination of former President Serzh Sargsyan as candidate for prime minister of Armenia, the local media reported. As of 16:20 Yerevan time, the protesters are still in the radio building. Pashinyan has spoken on several occasions, apologising to Yerevan residents for the inconvenience, but he says that it is only in this way that the movement can free them from other "unpleasant inconveniences".

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. Meeting in the resort town of Tsakhkadzor today the Executive Body and the Board of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) has formally chose to nominate the party chairman Serzh Sargsyan for the post of prime minister.



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