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.