The President of the country broke the promise not to return to politics, which caused 10-day protests.
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, who was elected on April 17, announcedhis resignation. In his speech, he recognized the rightness of the residents of the country, who organized mass protests.
[The leader of the protesters] Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong. The situation has several solutions, but I will not go to any of them. That’s not mine. I leave the post of the head of the country, the post of prime minister
Сейчас Ереван. Солдаты идут впереди колоны протестующих. Смотрите на это. Смотрите! pic.twitter.com/obP2cHYuSw
— Станислав Пугачев (@stasbutovo) April 23, 2018
Prior to his appointment as Prime Minister, Sargsyan was President of Armenia for 10 years. On April 9, 2018, the country switched to a parliamentary form of government, under which the prime minister becomes the de facto head of state, and the office of the president becomes symbolically representative.
Scenes of total jubilation in Yerevan as people celebrate Sargsyan’s resignation, thousands already in Republic Square, shouting “Victory!” and “Armenia.” pic.twitter.com/91FYlevJ2R
— Joshua Kucera (@joshuakucera) April 23, 2018