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Russian Federation has a military base in Armenia and President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged restraint when he spoke by phone to Armenian President Armen Sarkisian, who is no relation to Serzh Sarkisian, and is a ceremonial figurehead.

Ara Babloyan, the National Assembly speaker, said the election is scheduled for 1 May.

The protests were initially limited to opposing former president Serzh Sargsyan's appointment as Prime Minister, but their demands have now expanded to include a new government from outside the ruling Republican Party, and new elections to be held under a new electoral code.

"We will not negotiate with the Republican Party of Armenia behind closed doors, as we declare that the power belongs to the people, and we must be accountable to it for every step we take", he stressed.

The leader of the movement against the authorities, MP Nikol Pashinyan on Wednesday, April 25 met Russian ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin. Pashinyan urged demonstrators to resume the rally, with the protesters paralyzing traffic on several major avenues and streets in Yerevan and gathering at the Republic Square again.

"If I am not elected prime minister, then Armenia will not have a prime minister at all", said the 42-year-old former newspaper editor. A candidate would need 53 votes to get elected.

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Protesters said Thursday they would be taking to the streets until the ruling elites were ousted.

Pashinyan called a temporary halt to protests across the country and said he was willing to hold talks with acting head of government Karen Karapetyan on Friday in front of journalists.

Pashinyan's supporters resumed protests on Wednesday morning, demanding the ruling Republican Party fully relinquish power.

"From now on, we live in a new Armenia where a civil, organized, and civilized movement became an all-Armenian movement that we can be proud of", he said in a statement.

President Armen Sarkisian said Thursday his country turned "a new page" in its history.

Denying this reality would be a political shortsightedness.


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