Armenian PM Sarkisian Resigns, Thousands Celebrate In Yerevan

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A 2015 referendum backed by then-President Sargsyan transferred key elements of presidential authority to the prime minister. Nikol Pashinyan was right and I was wrong. I was mistaken. There are several solutions to this situation, but I will not apply to any of them.

It came less than a week after Sarkisian took office following his election as prime minister by parliament on April 17, eight days after his two-term presidency ended.

"The people in the streets are against my rule", Sargsyan, who served for a decade as president before becoming premier, said in a statement. At that meeting held in the presence of journalists, Sarkisian rejected Pashinian's demands for his resignation.

Pashinyan, who was arrested yesterday and released today shortly after Sargsyan's resignation, returned to Republic Square, the epicenter of nearly two weeks of protest rallies, to thunderous ovation and applause by the thousands gather there.

"I think we have not crossed any red lines yet and dialogue can continue", he said.

This is a "victory" for Armenia's citizens, Pashinyan said on Facebook.

Last week Sarkisian was elected prime minister by lawmakers after serving a decade as president, triggering political turmoil in the Moscow-allied nation of 2.9 million people.

"Dear compatriots", it began, before addressing everyone in Armenia including "those standing in streets chanting "Say no to Serzh", as well as security forces and politicians".

Now around a third of people live under the poverty line, said Atanesian, adding that many detest the influence of powerful oligarchs.

"Russia does not interfere in the internal affairs of its allies".

The events in Armenia are significant, because they demonstrate that in a post-Soviet country change is possible through a peaceful, organic, grassroots movement.

And it came on the eve of April 24, which Armenians worldwide mark as Remembrance Day for the victims of mass killings of Armenians at the turn of the 20th century in Ottoman Turkey. The quicker they recognize this fact, the better it will be for Armenia and Artsakh.

Before the Prime Minister resigned on Monday an estimated 50 unarmed soldiers from a unit stationed in the capital Yerevan were filmed joining the civilian crows.

After that poll, 10 people died in bloody clashes between police and supporters of the defeated opposition candidate. He was re-elected in 2013, with his second and final term ending on 9 April.