Armenia: Opposition protesters march in Yerevan as talks called off

Thousands of people marched in Yerevan on Wednesday as opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan launched another batch of demonstrations after talks between him and the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) were cancelled. Pashinyan and his supporters gathered at the Republic Square, blocking streets leading to the city centre, carrying posters reading «RPA go away» and «united people will never be... Еще defeated». Planned negotiations between Pashinyan and acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan to resolve the tensions were called off earlier on Wednesday, after Karapetyan blamed the opposition leader of «unilaterally putting forward new demands relating to the format, agenda, and media coverage of the meeting.» The acting prime minister and his party had offered to hold early general elections but Pashinyan and his supporters want the RPA to give up its power completely. The opposition leader wants the Armenian Parliament to nominate “a candidate of the people” as the interim prime minister, offering himself to the post should the people want that. Armenians have been on the streets since April 13, ever since the ruling RPA nominated former President Serzh Sargsyan for the prime minister's post. On April 23 the newly elected Prime Minister Sargsyan left his post, followed by celebrations from opposition supporters.

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