Opposition blocks streets after Pashinyan ignores deadline to step down

Opposition blocks streets after Pashinyan ignores deadline to step down

Opposition demonstrators blocked streets in Yerevan on Tuesday to mark the start of a protest campaign after Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ignored their call to step down.

Hundreds chanted "Nikol, traitor" and "Armenia without Nikol" in the streets of Yerevan, answering an opposition call to protest after a deadline of midday Tuesday set by the opposition for Pashinyan to quit passed with him still in power.

The opposition has said it plans to block streets nationwide and to paralyse the national transport network if needed.

Armenian spiritual leader Karekin II said in a statement that he had met Pashinyan and urged him to resign.

Armenia’s opposition parties organized a protest near Pashinyan’s government-owned residence on Saturday, putting forward an ultimatum to demand his resignation before December 8. They also adopted a joint statement to nominate former Prime Minister and ex-Defense Minister Vazgen Manukyan as head of government.

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