April 17, 2018 / 4:05 PM / 8 days ago

Thousands protest in Armenian capital as Sarksyan approved as PM

YEREVAN, April 17 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the centre of the Armenian capital on Tuesday to protest as parliament cleared a path for former president Serzh Sarksyan to become prime minister in the former Soviet republic.

Sarksyan was president from 2008 and demonstrators said he was switching jobs but clinging to power. Under a revised constitution, Armenia’s prime minister will hold power while the presidency becomes largely ceremonial. (Reporting by Hasmik Mkrtchyan Writing by Margarita Antidze Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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