April 24, 2018 / 8:45 PM / a year ago

Armenia's acting PM calls on president to organise meeting with opposition

FILE PHOTO - Armenia's Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev outside Moscow, Russia January 24, 2017. Sputnik/Ekaterina Shtukina/Pool via REUTERS

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia’s acting prime minister, Karen Karapetyan, called on the president meet with the opposition after previous talks planned for Wednesday were cancelled.

“Being concerned by the current situation ... I’m calling on president to organise the meeting ... with the participation of parliamentary and non-parliamentary political forces,” Karapetyan said in a statement posted on his website.

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.

Reporting by Hasmik Mkrtchyan; Writing by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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