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Armenia. Crowds on the streets of Yerevan. They want an archbishop as prime minister

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On Sunday afternoon, citizens Armenia dissatisfied with the government's policy in Yerevan again took to the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan.

At the same time, the protesters have already chosen the person who, in their opinion, should become the new prime minister. He is the head of the Tawush diocese Armenian Apostolic Church Archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan.

According to opposition activist Gurgen Melikyan, who was present at the protests, the priest is a candidate selected as a result of consultations with political forces and representatives of social movements.

Galstanyan himself does not hide his desire to engage in active politics. During his speech to the crowd, he announced that he had asked his superior Catholicos Karekin II to freeze his religious service. The leader of the movement also emphasized that this is the case the best moment to start talks about the country's political future.

– We have reached a very important stage. I turn to Nikola Pashinyan, from now on we have a topic for discussion. We came to talk about your peaceful departure, without any shocks – he said.

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Massive protests in Armenia. Citizens opposed to the agreement with Azerbaijan

Protests in many cities in Armenia have been ongoing since May 9. The demonstrators are dissatisfied with the completion of the process of demarcating the border with Azerbaijan. According to the agreement concluded by the authorities in Baku and Yerevan, some Armenian towns, including: Tavush region will be incorporated into Azerbaijan.

The leader of the demonstrators is the head of the Tawush diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop. Bagrat Galstanyan. The cleric openly calls for immediate changes in the government in Yerevanincluding the resignation of the Prime Minister and the termination of agreements with Azerbaijan.

– I say clearly that you (Nikol Pashinyan – ed.) are experiencing the last days of your political life. Remember this well. I told you that your scythe found a completely different stone (…) No more lawlessness and violations of the constitution. You will take full responsibility – he said during the protests.

According to Archbishop Galstanyan currently has no authority in Armenia that would have legal and moral legitimacy from society.

This all has to end. It cannot be otherwise, he concluded.

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