Soldiers wearing military uniforms marched through Yerevan along with the protesters. REUTERS/Vahram Baghdasaryan/Photolure
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Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan said Monday he was resigning to help safeguard civic peace following almost two weeks of mass street protests that have plunged the impoverished ex-Soviet republic into political crisis. Sarksyan, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had served as Armenia's president for a decade until this month and had faced accusations of clinging to power when Parliament elected him as prime minister last week.Former Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, an ally of Sarksyan from his ruling pro-Russian Republican Party, was named as acting prime minister, Russia's RIA news agency reported, citing the Armenian government's press office.Protesters loudly celebrated Sarksyan's resignation.Last week Putin rang Sarksyan to congratulate him on becoming premier. As president, Sarksyan took Armenia, a country of about 3 million people, into a Russia-backed economic bloc and bought weapons from Moscow.
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