|de Waal, Thomas
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On 16 April 2018, thousands of Armenians went to protest in the city's capital. This came after the Armenian ruling Republican Party's nomination of former president Serzh Sargysan for the position of prime minister on the 14 April.
Demonstrations were led by opposition Member of Parliament Nikol Pashinian. While most protests were peaceful, protestors and policed briefly clashed during the afternoon with police allegedly using stun grenades to appease the situation. As a result 40 protestors and 6 policemen were taken to the hospital. Furthermore, according to the Armenian Times, four protestors blocking a road were arrested and released a few hours later without a charge. Other protestors blocking a street were assaulted and at least one of them was taken to the hospital.
On 17 April 2018 Sargsyan was approved as Prime Minister by the country’s parliament.
However, on the 23 April 2018 Sargsyan resigned as Prime Minister after 10 days of protests in the country.
On 30 April 2018, Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was formally nominated for the post of prime minister by his supporters, moving closer to victory after two weeks of mass protests that had transformed the country’s political landscape.
On 1 May 2018, Pashinyan announced a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience after the ruling party thwarted his bid to take over as prime minister. On the 2 May 2018 it was announced that a new vote would take place in Parliament on 8 May 2018. Analysis and commentary feature. Outgoing President Serzh Sargsyan was likely to remain Armenia’s de facto leader when constitutional changes kick in in April 2018 - possibly as Prime Minister. Sargsyan had diversified Armenia’s economy and foreign policy. Would he continue that trend?
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