Armenian opposition supporters gather for a demonstration against the former president's election as prime minister, that saw dozens of people arrested April 20. (AFP / Karen MINASYAN)
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Tens of thousands protested in Armenia's capital Friday against what they say is a power-grab by ex-president Serzh Sarkisian, as police arrested 230 people.For the past week, opposition supporters have held mass rallies to denounce Sarkisian's efforts to remain in power as prime minister after a decade serving as president.Sarkisian in effect remained the country's leader by taking the post of prime minister after a parliament vote this week.On Thursday, more than 15,000 protesters staged a rally outside government headquarters as Sarkisian chaired his first cabinet meeting since the controversial vote.Authorities said at the time that 46 people, including six police and Pashinyan sought medical help.A former military officer, Serzh Sarkisian has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million people for a decade.
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