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Armenia premier confirms he will step down to allow election

Mar. 28, 2021 09:39 AM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s embattled prime minister on Sunday confirmed that he will step down from the post in April in order to allow for an early parliamentary election. Nikol Pashinyan has faced weeks of protests calling for his ouster in the wake of...

Armenia's top court ends criminal case against ex-president

Mar. 26, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's high court ruled Friday that a criminal case against the nation's former president over a deadly crackdown on protesters more than a decade ago must be dropped. The Constitutional Court said the charges against former Armenian President...

Turkey: ex-police heads jailed over 2007 journalist killing

Mar. 26, 2021 10:48 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday sentenced two former police chiefs and a former military officer to life terms in prison over the 2007 killing of prominent Armenian-Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. The slain...

Armenia to hold early parliamentary election in June

Mar. 18, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s prime minister on Thursday set an early parliamentary election for June as he sought to defuse the country’s political crisis. The opposition pushing for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation has demanded that he step down...

Opposition in Armenia maintains blockade of parliament

Mar. 10, 2021 12:53 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Hundreds of opposition supporters maintained the blockade of the Armenian parliament for a second straight day Wednesday demanding the resignation of the country’s embattled prime minister. Nikol Pashinyan has rejected the opposition’s...

Armenian opposition blockades parliament to demand PM quits

Mar. 09, 2021 13:50 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Thousands of opposition supporters blockaded the Armenian parliament building on Tuesday to press a demand for the country's prime minister to step down. Nikol Pashinyan has rejected the opposition’s pressure to resign over a November peace...

Armenian leader scores political point in spat with military

Mar. 04, 2021 10:15 AM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's prime minister scored a political point Tuesday in his spat with the top military brass, advancing his motion to fire the country's top military officer. A political crisis sparked by Armenia's defeat in the conflict with Azerbaijan...

Armenia's president refuses order to dismiss military chief

Mar. 03, 2021 12:58 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — About 15,000 protesters calling for the resignation of Armenia’s prime minister marched through the capital Saturday as pressure on the leader intensified after the country's president rejected his order to dismiss the chief of the military general staff. ...

Thousands in new rally to demand Armenian PM's resignation

Mar. 03, 2021 12:40 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenian authorities on Wednesday deployed snipers in the parliament building as thousands of protesters rallied nearby, and launched a criminal probe against a top opposition leader amid the country's spiraling political crisis. Thousands of...

Armenia's political tensions rise amid rival rallies

Mar. 01, 2021 13:49 PM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Political tensions in Armenia heightened Monday, with supporters of the embattled prime minister and the opposition each holding massive rallies at separate sites in the capital. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has faced opposition demands to...