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Armenia's former president Serzh Sarkisian was Tuesday elected prime minister in a move the opposition says is designed to extend his chokehold on power despite protests in the impoverished country.The opposition denounced the vote -- which makes Sarkisian Armenia's top leader under a new parliamentary system of government -- saying the 63-year-old lacked popular support.Ahead of the vote, Sarkisian blamed the opposition for rocking the boat.Police said 14 demonstrators were briefly detained.Authorities said 46 people including six police and opposition leader Pashinyan required medical help.After Sarkisian was first elected in 2008, 10 people died in bloody clashes between police and supporters of the defeated opposition candidate.
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