Armenian opposition calls for nationwide strike

LIVE: Protesters block Yerevan Central railway station as Pashinyan calls for nationwide strike

Protesters call for Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation

The Armenian opposition on Wednesday called on its supporters to join a nationwide strike on December 22 to secure the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is accused of incompetence during the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh..

Pashinyan, who came to power in May 2018 as a result of a peaceful revolution, accepted a ceasefire agreement reached with the mediation of Russia in order to end the bloody conflict between Azerbaijani troops and formations of ethnic Armenians over control of Nagorno-Karabakh and some adjacent territories.

Agreement securing a number of territorial acquisitions of Azerbaijan sparks protests in Yerevan.Armenian opposition calls for nationwide strike Pashinyan admitted his responsibility for the outcome of the conflict, but refused to resign.

Hundreds of opposition protesters gathered in the Armenian capital chanting slogans demanding the resignation of the prime minister. Protesters called for early elections and, at the same time, for the nomination of an interim leader to replace Pashinyan.

On Wednesday, Pashinyan said in an interview with Radio Liberty that the appointment of early elections is beyond his powers and that the adoption of this decision must be coordinated with other parties represented in the country’s parliament..

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