Former President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan was elected the Prime Minister

Former President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan was elected the Prime Minister

On April 17, at the special session of the National Assembly, the former President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan was elected the Prime Minister with 77 votes in favour and 17 against.

Sargsyan was nominated by the coalition of the Republican and Dashnaktsutyun parties, which has the majority in the National Assembly. The nomination was followed by large-scale protests organised by the leader of ELK opposition coalition.

By April 18, nearly 50 people were injured in the clashes with the police; many are being detained.  

Sargsyan has been leading the country since 2008. In 2015, the Republican Party proposed a constitutional reform which would turn Armenia into a parliamentarian state giving the Prime Minister more power. The majority of citizens voted for reforms, although the referendum for the new constitution was accompanied by protests.      

 

Photo by Karen Antashyan