An end to protests in Armenia? The Republican party supported the opposition candidate for the post of PM

The Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinian called for an end to the huge wave of protests and stated that all parties will support his candidacy for the post of Prime Minister.

«The question is almost solved, — he said tens of thousands of protesters in Yerevan. — All factions said that they would support my candidacy».

Protests against the current government in Armenia began about 3 weeks ago, on April 17, the Armenian opposition has announced the beginning of the «velvet revolution». A few days later, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who was in power for nearly 10 years, resigned. After this event, the demonstrators did not hesitate to show their emotions: they rejoiced, hugged and cried in the streets of Yerevan. But the opposition decided not to stop there.

DEVELOPING: Protesters in Armenia on Wednesday blocked some routes into the capital, Yerevan, and a road to the airport, after protest movement leader Nikol Pashinyan announced a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience.

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Tens of thousands of Armenians headed by politicians from the opposition went on a nationwide strike, blocking key transport hubs, stopping railway transport across the country and blocked entry to Yerevan and other cities. In the end, the protesters have achieved what the Republican party which is in power, agreed to support opposition leader Nikol Pashinian as Prime Minister and not to nominate his candidacy.

In addition to the election should go on may 8. On this day, according to the candidate, should come 500 thousand people, to «seal the victory».

By the way, one of the main allies of Armenia — Russia — said that the political crisis in Yerevan cannot be compared with events 201З–2014, in Ukraine, in which then-President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country.