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Armenia: Thousands Protest Power Grab by Leader Serzh Sargsyan

HeadlineApr 23, 2018

In Armenia, thousands of protesters defied a police crackdown and rallied in the capital Yerevan Sunday, demanding the release of opposition leaders and calling on longtime leader Serzh Sargsyan to step down. Protesters are accusing Sargsyan of clinging to power, after he served two terms as the country’s president, then led a campaign to make the role of the presidency ceremonial while elevating the position of prime minister and assuming that role. At least 200 people have been arrested as police have sought unsuccessfully to stop the ongoing protests.

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