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Armenia stated on Monday police had detained tons of of demonstrators demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan over territorial concessions made to arch foe Azerbaijan.

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Protests erupted within the Caucasus nation final month after the federal government agreed at hand territory it had managed because the Nineteen Nineties again to neighbouring Azerbaijan.

Pashinyan’s place stays unshaken regardless of the problem mounted by charismatic archbishop Bagrat Galstanyan, who’s making an attempt to launch an impeachment course of in opposition to him.

Pashinyan, a former journalist and opposition lawmaker, got here to energy in a peaceable revolution after main road protests in 2018.

On Monday, tons of of protestors took to the streets throughout Armenia, making an attempt to dam roads in what Galstanyan has referred to as a “nationwide campaign of disobedience.”

The inside ministry stated that by 0900 GMT “a total of 273 citizens were detained for disobeying the lawful demands of police.”

Firm grip on energy

Last week, Yerevan returned management over 4 border villages it had seized a long time in the past to Azerbaijan, a key step towards normalising ties between the 2 international locations—who fought two wars for management of the Nagorno-Karabakh area.

The space Armenia has handed again is strategically vital for the landlocked nation as a result of it controls sections of an important freeway to Georgia.

Armenian residents of close by settlements say the transfer cuts them off from the remainder of the nation and so they have accused Pashinyan of freely giving territory with out getting something in return.



Pashinyan defended the territorial concessions, saying they had been geared toward securing peace with Baku.

On Sunday, a number of thousand individuals flooded Yerevan’s central Republic Square in a recent protest spearheaded by Galstanyan.

The archbishop hails from the Tavush area, the place the 4 villages handed over to Azerbaijan are positioned.

Galstanyan stated he would resign his clerical workplace to run for prime minister and referred to as for snap parliamentary elections.

Under Armenian regulation, he’s not eligible to carry that workplace as a result of he has twin citizenship—Armenian and Canadian.

Despite Yerevan’s disastrous navy defeat to Azerbaijan in 2020 and the lack of Karabakh final yr, Pashinyan’s grip on energy stays agency.

His governing coalition holds a snug majority in parliament, and opposition events are largely unpopular inside society at massive.

They would require the help of at the very least one impartial or ruling celebration MP to launch the impeachment course of, and its success would then require at the very least 18 lawmakers from Pashinyan’s personal celebration voting to unseat him.

Azerbaijan recaptured Karabakh in a lightning offensive final yr in opposition to Armenian separatists who had held sway over the mountainous enclave for 3 a long time.

The area’s total Armenian inhabitants—greater than 100,000 individuals—fled to Armenia within the aftermath.

(AFP)

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