YEREVAN, 22 Feb – RIA Novosti. The protesters in Yerevan demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan began marching through the streets of the capital, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
The action started on the outskirts of Yerevan. Demonstrators head towards the city center. Police do not interfere in the actions of the protesters. The situation in Nagorno-Karabakh
“We have a program to remove him (Pashinyan – ed.) From power. Together with our people, we will achieve his departure. We are following the constitutional path,” said Ishkhan Saghatelyan, one of the organizers of the protests, a representative of the Dashnaktsutyun party.
Earlier, Saghatelyan stated that the opposition would conduct non-stop daily actions of disobedience.
On February 20, opposition candidate for prime minister Vazgen Manukyan, at a rally of about 20 political forces seeking the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, called on the opposition “to be ready to take power with lightning speed at any time.” According to him, this is plan “B”. He called the plan “A” mass protests, which should force the head of government to resign.
Opposition rallies are regularly held in the country demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Pashinyan, which began after he signed a ceasefire agreement in Karabakh in November 2020. Opposition forces demanding his resignation have nominated the former head of the country's government Vazgen Manukyan for the post of prime minister. At the end of December, Pashinyan invited political forces to consultations on holding early parliamentary elections in 2021. However, the authorities later declared that there was no public demand for the elections.