In Yerevan there were clashes between students and police

Yelk Party Nikol Pashinyan speaks during a protest organized by'My Step and'#merjirserjin initiatives at Liberty Square in Yerevan on Friday

Thousands Participate in “Reject Serzh Sarkisian” Rally

Forty-six people have been hospitalized following clashes between people protesting against the nomination of Serzh Sargsyan for Armenian prime minister and police in downtown Yerevan. They blocked the streets in Central Yerevan. It was the first presidential election since a 2015 constitutional referendum that was created to shift power in Armenia from the presidency to parliament and, mainly, the prime minister. According to Armenian media, they are chanting "Asadul", urging students to boycott the educational process.

Protesters led by opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinian broke into the building Saturday and tried to get on the air but failed and retreated shortly afterward.

Armenia's opposition MP Nikol Pashinyan said on Tuesday morning that the police detained about 30 of his supporters, TASS reports.

Demonstrators have vowed to keep protesting round the clock.

Serzh Sargsyan's ruling Republican Party and their junior coalition partners Armenian Revolutionary Federation hold a comfortable majority in the parliament and no electoral hurdles are expected on Sargsyan's path to the premiership.

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In 2017, Pashinian set up his own party and was elected to parliament as head of the Yelk election bloc.

The growing protests are aimed at preventing Serzh Sargsyan from assuming the position of prime minister. The injuries were caused by the special measures that had been taken by the police.

Police blocked their way with barbed wire and used batons, as well as stun and sound grenades, to disperse the protesters. Several hundred people sat or laid down on pavements, blocking roads leading to the parliament building and universities. The rallies began on Friday when more than 4,000 people took part.

Ahead of the vote, Sarkisian blamed the opposition for rocking the boat. For the first time, Armenia's president was selected by the National Assembly, rather than by popular vote.

Opposition politicians say the shift to a parliamentary republic with a powerful prime minister has been created to increase Sargsyan's grip on power in the impoverished Moscow-allied country.

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