Armenia's Velvet Revolution
Serzh Sargsyan has been elected President of Armenia in 2008. After he had served the maximum of two periods of his leadership, he resigned in early April 2018 to get elected as candidate for the prime minister position by the ruling party. Sargsyan’s leadership has been approved by the Armenian parliament.
As Sargsyan was preparing for his position as prime minister, which consisted of assigning Armen Sarkissian the presidental power, oppositional masses started a protest under the leadership of opposition member of Parliament Nikol Pashinyan on the 13th of April 2018.
The peaceful ‘Velvet Revolution’ started in Yerevan and spread all around the country. Protestors in Armenia’s second and third largest cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor, joined the demonstrations.
Nikol Pashinyan was taken under custody one hour after his meeting with Serzh Sargsyan on the 22nd of April 2018. The protests became stronger afterwards, which led to the release of Pashinyan and the resignation of Sargsyan on the 23rd of April 2018.
However, supporters of Pashinyan declared to not stop protesting until every minister under Sargsyan’s governmental rule resigns and presidential powers are handed over to Pashinyan.
Protests which started on the 13th of April are still ongoing.
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