Armenian Prime Minister Sargsyan resigns unexpectedly

The Prime Minister of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, has unexpectedly stepped down from office after ten days of protests in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

British news portal The Guardian reports that earlier on Monday, April 23, police released Nikol Pashinyan, a protest leader and opposition MP who had been arrested alongside hundreds of demonstrators on Sunday in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.

«The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand,» read the statement.

American news agency Associated Press reports the surprise announcement made on Sargsyan’s website, came after 10 days of protests in Yerevan, against his appointment as Prime Minister, which is part of a transition to a new governmental system that limits the powers of the Armenian President and increases those of the head of the government.

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