April 24, 2018 / 8:55 PM / a month ago

Armenian opposition leader calls rally for Wednesday

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan called on supporters to stage a rally on Wednesday after talks with ruling Republican Party planned were cancelled.

Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan speaks during a news conference in Yerevan, Armenia April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Talks were initially planned for Wednesday after the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sarksyan on Monday following almost two weeks of street protests that plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis.

“The Republican Party is thinking about taking advantage of Serzh Sarksyan’s resignation and wants to keep power,” Pashinyan said in a video appeal posted on his Facebook page.

“We can’t agree on the appointment this party’s representative as prime minister and we can’t allow this corrupted system to continue existence.”

Reporting by Hasmik Mkrtchyan; writing by Margarita Antidze; editing by Robin Pomeroy

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