Supporters of Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan drive a car during a rally in Yerevan, Armenia April 25, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Armenia's turmoil deepened Wednesday as tens of thousands of people took to the streets after the opposition accused the ruling party of refusing to cede power following the resignation of veteran leader Serzh Sarksyan.Led by 42-year-old Pashinyan, thousands of demonstrators earlier in the day marched through Yerevan against the ruling Republican Party's unwillingness to facilitate the transfer of power after its leader and former President Sarksyan stood down Monday from his new post of prime minister.Pashinyan, leader of the Civil Contract Party, had been due Wednesday to hold talks with acting government head Karen Karapetyan to discuss a "peaceful" power transfer.Pashinyan accused the authorities of wanting to nominate a Republican Party candidate for prime minister, warning that the opposition would boycott snap parliamentary elections in that case.Pashinyan has insisted the new premier must be a "people's candidate" and not a member of Sarksyan's party, and told reporters he was himself willing to lead.
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