Armenia opposition leader meets Russian ambassador amid protests


Moscow has two military bases in the ex-Soviet republic, and the Russian president Vladimir Putin spoke to the Armenian president Armen Sarkissian by phone on Wednesday.

The speaker of the Armenian parliament announced Thursday that the country's National Assembly will convene next week to elect a new prime minister.

Former Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign Monday, in response to a series of protests triggered by his appointment as prime minister earlier this month, after he had already served as president for a decade.

The Republican Party of Armenia is ready to discuss any issue with all parties in the domestic crisis without pre-conditions and it has come to agreement to start discussing replacement of the party leader, the press office of the party reports.

The Russian embassy in Yerevan said Wednesday that its officials had met with Pashinyan.

"We will have a people's prime minister and after the election a people's government and parliament", said Anna Agababyan, a 38-year-old teacher who was protesting in Yerevan on Thursday, holding a small national flag.

The protest movement headed by opposition lawmaker Pashinyan, 42, wants the Republican Party to hand power after Sarkisian quit.

Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan, who led the demonstrations, is shaping up as the favourite to replace him. A candidate would need 53 votes to get elected.

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The second was that the CJI allegedly dealt with the same case on both the administrative as well as judicial side. Other opposition parties in support of the motion are the CPI, CPI (M), the SP, the NCP, the BSP and the IUML.

Pashinian has threatened extended protests, which continued Thursday, if the Republican Party nominates a candidate.

Pashinian on April 26 was meeting with other parliamentary factions in a bid to secure support for his candidacy as the next prime minister.

They agreed that political forces must show restraint and solve the crisis through dialogue, the Kremlin said.

Talks between Pashinyan and acting government head Karen Karapetyan to discuss a "peaceful" transfer of power were cancelled this week.

"We are now opening a new page of Armenian history", he said.

"We live in a New Armenia", he said.

Denying this reality would be a political shortsightedness.