Armenian prime minister to resign amid protests

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks on Feb 22

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks on Feb 22

The spokesman said that Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier congratulated Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan on their election.

Armenia's prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan, has resigned unexpectedly in an apparent attempt to quell days of massive street protests.

"Proud citizens of Armenia, you have won!"

Nikol Pashinyan was right. He said there were other possible solutions to the confrontation with protesters but that he would not resort to them.

The move plunges the Caucasian Mountains country into uncertainty after 10 days of protests against Sargsyan's appointment as prime minister. Thus, it has been addressed to "all who have come out to streets day and night with appeals reject Serzh and those who have come to ir offices with difficulty and have carried out ir task without complaining". "I am meeting your demand".

The leaders of the protest, MPs Nikol Pashinyan, Ararat Mirzoyan and Sasun Mikaelyan, were arrested on Sunday amid a police crackdown on a rally disrupting traffic in the capital Yerevan. "I was wrong", he said.

Greeting cheering crowds in Yerevan's central Republic Square, Pashinyan said he was in "negotiations" with the authorities.

Sargsyan had long promised not to run for either president or prime minister after the end of his 2018 term, but changed his tune in March this year.

First Vice Premier Karen Karapetyan has been appointed acting head of government.

In Moscow, president Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Russian Federation was carefully watching events in Armenia, which has retained close ties to its former Soviet master. "Congratulations, victorious people", Pashinyan posted on Facebook.

Thousands of protesters gared this Monday in Plaza de la República, in heart of Armenian capital, where seat of government is located, have shouted of joy and applauded resignation of Prime minister.

Despite the festive mood, many in Armenia acknowledged on Monday that the country still faced huge uncertainty.

The protests prompted the U.S. Embassy in Armenia to tweet, "We are concerned about the clashes between the police and the demonstrators, during which there were victims". "In Armenia, the power has passed to the people". They feel like they deserve a better life and a more democratic country.

"In Armenia's 27 years of independence, not one president has ruled more than the permitted two terms or has rewritten the constitution to suit him", said Grigor Atanesian, a political observer and Fulbright scholar at the University of Missouri.

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