Leader of Karabakh separatists called on Pashinyan for dialogue

Embattled Armenian prime minister resigns

Clutching flowers and wrapped in the tricolor Armenian flag, people of all ages took to the streets to remember the 1915 killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, in what many historians consider the first genocide of the 20th century.

"What does "people's candidate" mean?", Karapetyan told a news conference.

The opposition and ruling party could not agree on an agenda or format for Wednesday's meeting, although Karapetyan said one of the topics at a rescheduled session could be holding early parliamentary elections, something Pashinyan was insisting on. "We look forward to working closely with a new government on the many areas of shared interest between the United States and Armenia", she added.

Clutching a purple rose, the bearded Pashinyan, 42, led a huge crowd of supporters to the hilltop Tsitsernakaberd memorial, wearing his trademark khaki-coloured T-shirt, where he held official commemorations. "I am pro-Armenian", he said.

Sargsyan downplayed that pledged last month when he signaled his plans to become prime minister and thus remain the country's most powerful man.

People celebrate Armenian prime minister Serzh Sarkisian's resignation in downtown Yerevan, April 23, 2018. For years, he had promised not to run for either president or prime minister after his second term.

Sargsyan's resignation has prompted a flurry of think-pieces wondering whether the Armenian leader's downfall could weaken Putin.

"People go to him because they are confident he's not going to make secret deals with those in power, he won't betray the movement", Pogosyan told AFP.

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The opposition is demanding new elections and structural reforms to ensure lasting change. "It is a political reality that any Armenian government should take into account", he stressed. Yet, the constitutional changes allowed him to transition from the position of president to prime minister, given the parliament (ruled by his party) would nominate and elect him.

Pashinyan set up the Civil Contract party, which entered parliament in 2017 as part of the opposition coalition.

The Armenian opposition would be naive to crack open the champagne unless Sargsyan's allies, Karapetian in particular, are out, analysts warned.

But for Armenia's democrats, the real work begins now.

Meanwhile, Armenia signed a partnership deal with Brussels last November - also under Sargsyan's leadership. In that context, he described as "very important" the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman's reaction to the dramatic events in Armenia.

"Moscow is being neutral and leaves room for maneuver in order to be able to bargain with the eventual victor later on", political analyst Megrabyan said.

"We welcome the courageous decision of Prime Minister Sargsyan to resign from his post in order to defuse the mounting tensions in the country". Though dozens of people were injured, the demonstrations were largely peaceful.

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