Clashes between police and protesters in Yerevan injure 46

Clashes between police and protesters in Yerevan injure 46

Armenia's former president Serzh Sargsyan has been elected a Prime Minister with 77 votes for and 17 against. The law enforcers have urged the crowd to disperse, warning that "force and special means" will be employed if the "illegal" action continues.

Authorities said 46 people, including six policemen, sought medical help. A police officer underwent a surgery, as his vein was cut. "The other victims suffered light wounds and will be released from hospital later on the day". Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called for a campaign of "total disobedience", declaring the movement a "velvet revolution".

But hours later he returned to the demonstration, bolstering his reputation among the thousands rallying against Sarkisian outside the legislature.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Sargsyan's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.

The protesters, many waving Armenian flags, clogged Marshal Bagramian Avenue, which leads to the National Assembly building, stopping traffic in the process.

Several hundred people sat or lay down on pavements on Monday, blocking roads leading to the parliament building and universities.

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"Serzh Sargsyan must see that he has no Armenia to rule in and no people to rule over".

Earlier, the press Secretary of the Armenian police Ashot Aharonyan said that several protesters taken to police stations.

The protests kicked off because of the constitutional reform, which changed the system of government; the presidential republic turned into the parliamentary republic.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Serzh Sarkisian's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Serzh Sarkisian's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.

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