62 opposition activists detained in Armenia amid ongoing protests against PM

62 opposition activists detained in Armenia amid ongoing protests against PM

62 opposition activists detained in Armenia amid ongoing protests against PM

The demonstrators oppose a restructuring of the country's governing system that has enabled Serzh Sarkisian - the newly appointed prime minister - to stay in power after his 10-year stint as president ended two weeks ago.

Earlier police released a statement demanding opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan and all other initiators of the ongoing demonstrations to cease the illegal rallies in all parts of Yerevan.

"We are praying for the situation to gradually stabilize", the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church Karekin II was quoted as saying.

"I am deeply concerned about the unfolding internal political events".

The rallies are led by opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan, who has called on his supporters to launch civil disobedience. The Prime Minister was elected ex-President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.

They blocked several streets in the center and staged sit-ins. More than 200 were detained Friday, but all were subsequently released shortly thereafter.

This footage shows demonstrators wrestling with police as they attempted to make arrests. On April 19, opposition members tried to disrupt the new cabinet of ministers' meeting, blocking entrances to government facilities and marching down Yerevan streets.

Parliament elected Sarkisian as prime minister on Tuesday after he served a decade as president from 2008 under a new parliamentary system of government. Third, it forms a temporary government.

"The whole world can see this is a people's velvet revolution, which very soon will be victorious", Pashinyan told the rally.

Opposition supporters have criticized the 63-year-old leader over poverty, corruption and the influence of powerful oligarchs.

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