Pashinyan-led protesters break into the building of Public Radio in Yerevan

Opposition demonstrators sit in front of police line to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat in Yerevan

Meeting in the resort town of Tsakhkadzor today the Executive Body and the Board of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) has formally made a decision to nominate the party chairman Serzh Sargsyan for the post of prime minister.

Sargsyan was nominated by the ruling coalition of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation/Dashnaktsutyun, Sharmazanov said, speaking after the meeting of both parties' parliamentary factions, ARKA reported.

Dozens of activists protesting against the transition of ex-president Serzh Sargsyan to power, a lot of them students, are shutting down central streets in downtown Yerevan with barricades and garbage cans. The protesters have jammed the traffic movement in the downtown Yerevan near the French Square, closing it and several nearby streets for traffic. He announced that there would be a "transport collapse" in the capital and called on people to empty their bank accounts and come out and join the demonstrations near the building of the National Assembly.

"Something unprecedented is happening in Armenia: the same person wants to become the country's leader for a third time".


"We can not let this happen". "With this minor inconvenience we are trying to save you from a greater inconvenience called Serzh Sarkisian", Pashinian shouted repeatedly through a megaphone to the crowd.

Police have set up a barricade on the Marshal Baghramyan Street in order to prevent protesters from making their way to the parliament building.

Serzh Sarkisian was first elected in 2008 in the South Caucasus country of about 3 million people and served two terms, stepping down when the new president, Armen Sarkisian - no relation - was inaugurated on April 9.

The RPA will nominate Serzh Sargsyan as candidate for the next Prime Minister.

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