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Armenian opposition blocked government buildings

In Yerevan, the opponents of the appointment of the former President Serzh Sargsyan the Prime Minister started blocking buildings of state bodies. It is reported “Interfax”.

the Opposition surrounded the building the General Prosecutor’s office, foreign Ministry and the state revenue Committee. At the entrance to each building are 10-15 people that block the door.

“Radio liberty” (the local office “Radio Liberty”) said that was also blocked the building of the court of cassation, Central Bank and the new building of the government, where there are several departments, including the Ministry of foreign Affairs and Ministry of justice.

Protesters led by the leader of the party “Civil contract”, the Deputy of the opposition faction “EFC” (“Output”) Nikol Pashinyan that before announced about the beginning of the “velvet revolution”. In Yerevan on 16 April are clashes of protesters with the police, detained at least 59 people.

Pashinyan announced that at 18:30 local time (17:30 GMT) at the Republic square in Central Yerevan held a rally. “I hope that our meeting will become the most crowded in the entire history of the Republic”, — the oppositionist noted.

In the National Assembly of Armenia held a meeting to discuss the issue of the appointment of Sargsyan to the post of Prime Minister, protesting against what supporters noted. The candidacy of Sargsyan proposed the ruling Republican party.

In 2017, Armenia has refused from the presidential form of government and became a parliamentary Republic. The decision was taken after the referendum. According to the CEC, the constitutional reform voted by 63.37 per cent of voters (about 825 thousand), against 32,32% (421 thousand citizens). The final transition to the new form of government will take place after the election of the Prime Minister.

In Armenia declared a “velvet revolution”

the leader of the protesters in Yerevan, the head of the opposition party of Armenia “Civil contract” Nikol Pashinyan announced the beginning of the “velvet revolution”. On Tuesday, April 17, according to TASS.

“the country is maturing revolutionary situation. In Gyumri, Ijevan, Vanadzor, Kapan and Metsamor protesters block streets and interstate roads. People don’t go to work, the mass strike,” — he said and added that the revolution must be “of the people and peace”.

At the moment in the Armenian Parliament held a meeting to discuss the issue of the appointment of the former President Serzh Sargsyan as Prime Minister, protesting against what supporters noted. The candidacy of Sargsyan proposed the ruling Republican party.

in the morning Protesters began to block entrances to the Parliament building in Yerevan, the radical opposition to hold a March through the city center, also in different areas, local skirmishes occur with the police. According to the opposition, the Department had taken 30 protesters. The police warned about the possible use of force.

April 16, supporters in addition to already blocked the streets of Yerevan and tried to break through to the Parliament building, as a result, the police had to use special equipment. According to TASS, as a result of clashes in hospitals was 12 people. The Prosecutor General of Armenia has instituted a criminal case on the fact of mass disorders.

In December 2017 Armenia has refused from the presidential form of government and became a parliamentary Republic. The decision was taken after the referendum. According to the official data of the CEC, the constitutional reform voted by 63.37 per cent of voters (about 825 thousand), against 32,32% (421 thousand citizens). The final transition to the new form of government will take place after the election of the Prime Minister.

In Yerevan, protesters scuffled with police

In the center of Yerevan began clashes between police and opposing the appointment of former Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to the office of Prime Minister. It is reported TASS.

the Protesters tried to break through the barbed wire to the building of the Armenian Parliament, as a result, the security forces were forced to use non-lethal weapons. There are victims. To the Parliament protesters have led the leader of the opposition party “Civic dialogue,” MP Nikol Pashinyan.

“Interfax” says that the barbed wire stretched across main street to Baghramyan Avenue. The protesters also blocked key roads of Yerevan.

Sargsyan for Prime Minister proposed the ruling Republican party, April 16 must pass the official nomination. Election of the Prime Minister of Armenia will take place on April 17.

In December 2017 Armenia refused from the presidential form of government and became a parliamentary Republic. The decision was taken after the referendum. According to the official data of the CEC, the constitutional reform voted by 63.37 per cent of voters (about 825 thousand), against 32,32% (421 thousand citizens). Were declared invalid 53,4 thousand ballots.

The President of Azerbaijan was re-elected for a fourth term

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev he won the next presidential election, voted for by more than 86 percent of voters. This was reported on the website Central election Commission of Azerbaijan.

vote for Aliyev gave about 3.4 million voters. The final voter turnout amounted to 74.5 per cent, said “Radio Liberty”.

In an address to the people of Azerbaijan is available at website President Aliyev expressed the country’s citizens appreciation for the “great confidence”. “I always feel the support of the Azerbaijani people. She gives me strength. This support is essential for our development. The unity between the people and the government is a major factor in the development in Azerbaijan”, — said in a statement.

“In this election the people of Azerbaijan voted for the stability, security, development and progress, gave a high assessment to the work done over the last 15 years. All these successes we achieved together”, — said Aliyev.

Armenian MPs staged a fire show in Parliament

the Deputies of the Armenian National Assembly from the opposition faction “EFC” (“Exit”) Ararat Mirzoyan and Lena Nazaryan lit in the meeting room of the Parliament of the three fires. About it reports “Radio liberty” (local service of “Radio Liberty”).

As noted “Interfax” MPs have objected to the possible appointment as the new Prime Minister of the Republic of Serzh Sargsyan, which from 2008 to 2018 was President. “We call on everyone to gather on April 13 at the Freedom square and to prevent the possible Premiership of Serzh Sargsyan to end the reign of Republican party,” said Mirzoyan from the rostrum of the Parliament.

Speaker of Parliament Ara Babloyan called such actions unacceptable. “You threatened the safety of the employees of the Parliament,” he said.

Vice-speaker of the Parliament Eduard Sharmazanov noted that “the show did not happen.” “Open the door to get some fresh air. Let the people see who is doing what in the Parliament,” he demanded.

Mirzoyan told “Radio liberty” that the smoke was harmless, and the goal of MPs was to draw attention to the initiative “My step” — the March of the Armenian opposition, the protesters because of the appointment of Sargsyan as Prime Minister.

Elections of the new head of the government of Armenia will be held in Parliament on 17 April. The right to nominate the candidate for this position will take advantage of the ruling Republican party, headed by Sargsyan. According to the introduced in 2015 to the country’s Constitution amendments, all real power in Armenia will belong to the Prime Minister and the President, who on 9 April became Armen Sarkisian, will remain public functions.