Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigns
23 April, 2018
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan has issued a statement announcing his resignation.

“Dear compatriots,

I apply to all citizens of the Republic of Armenia, the adults and young people, women and men.

I apply to those standing in streets chanting “Say no to Serzh” and those trying to reach the workplaces through blocked streets, " reads his website.

The decision by the Armenia's Prime minister was the culmination of the protests that started in Aremnia since April 13. About 40,000
demonstrators gathered in Armenia's capital as a week of protests against the country's new prime minister showed no sign of dissipating.

Armenian protesters celebrate victory in the streets of Yerevan after Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian steps down

"Nikol Pashinian was right, I was mistaken", Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan said after leaving his post. “There are several ways out of the situation. However, I do not choose any of them. This is not mine. I am leaving the post of prime minister. The Street Movement is against my appointment. I fulfill your request: I wish peace and harmony to our country, "said Serzh Sargsyan.

Protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, the former president who was appointed this week under a new system that gives the prime minister expanded powers and diminishes the presidency.

The crowd that amassed at a central square on Friday blocked the defense minister's car before police forcefully cleared the way.

The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's human rights bureau called on Armenian authorities to ensure the demonstrations proceed peacefully. The protests began on April 13, in opposition to Sargsyan continuing his rule by moving from the presidency into the prime minister's seat. He did so as the country adopted a new constitution changing to a parliamentary form of government in which the prime minister, rather than the president, is the most powerful figure. Protest leader Nikol Pashinian said he would start the “Velvet Revolution”.
Armenian opposition supporters demonstrate in Republic Square in Yerevan