Armenian president Armen Sarkisian, left, and the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh leader Bako Sahakyan attend a laying ceremony at the monument to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks.(Tigran Mehrabyan/PAN Photo via AP)
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Tens of thousands of Armenians led by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan marched Tuesday to honour 1.5 million of their kin killed by Ottoman forces in 1915, a day after the country's prime minister resigned following more than a week of opposition rallies.The commemorations, which are a hugely emotional event for the South Caucasus country, came after Serzh Sarkisian Monday stunned the country by standing down from his new post as prime minister.Sarkisian, who had previously spent a decade in power as president, was accused of a blatant power grab by the opposition, who staged days of rallies in protest.Unemployment in Armenia stood at 18 percent last year. The opposition says some 290,000 people have left the country since Sarkisian came to power in 2008 .Political turmoil enveloped the impoverished country of 2.9 million people after Sarkisian was last week elected prime minister by lawmakers after serving two successive presidential terms.
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