Police, anti-govt protesters injured in clashes near Armenian parliament

An Armenian police officer and a protester fall on barbed wire as police attempt to disperse opposition supporters during a rally in Yerevan on Monday

Protesters took to the streets after opposition leader Nikol Pashinian called on Armenians to stage rallies to prevent Sarkisian's political transition.

"Such actions can lead to crimes against the citizens' life, health and property", police said in a statement.

"I proclaim today the start of a peaceful velvet revolution in Armenia", opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan told a rally in Yerevan, calling on supporters to "paralyse the work of all government agencies".

Several thousand demonstrators pressed ahead with protests that began Friday, marching through the centre of the capital Yerevan and staging sit-in protests outside government buildings.

The election of Mr Sargsyan to the presidency in 2008 was met with demonstrations, with protesters alleging vote rigging.

But the tension ultimately snapped when, in the afternoon, Sargsyan gave his first public reaction to the nomination by his party, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia.

People oppose the appointment of former President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister.

The opposition says a new parliamentary system of government will allow Sarkisian to maintain huge influence
Armenia Protest

Ironically, Pashinian himself was taken to a hospital with cuts and an eye injury after police moved in to stop the opposition lawmaker and others from entering parliament on April 16.

Some protesters chanted "Armenia without Serzh" and "Serzh is a liar".

Security forces clad in full riot gear used batons and stun grenades against the crowd when it attempted to break through a police cordon several hundred meters away from the parliament building. Sargsyan, whose party holds a majority in parliament, is set to be easily approved for the premiership on Tuesday.

A shrewd former military officer, Sargsyan has been in charge of the landlocked South Caucasus nation of 2.9 million since winning a presidential vote in 2008.

However, following a 2015 constitutional referendum the country shifted from a presidential system to a parliamentary republic - relegating the presidency to a more ceremonial role.

Armenian third president, Serzh Sargsyan was elected as a Prime Minister as the result of the elections in the parliament.

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