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canada goose coats on sale MOSCOW Ten days of demonstrations that escalated throughout Armenia forced the resignation Monday of the man who has led the country for the past decade, creating the latest crisis in a post canada goose coats Soviet state trying to overcome a legacy of weak democratic rule.

The unexpected resignation prompted scenes of jubilation in the capital, Yerevan, and canada goose other cities. Tens of thousands of people flocked to the central Republic canada goose factory sale Square in cheap canada goose uk Yerevan, where all afternoon and into the night they danced, cheered and waved the Armenian flag, a striped tricolor of red, blue and orange.

canada goose coats Serzh Sargsyan, president since 2008, reached his legal two term limit earlier this month. A constitutional referendum in 2015 had transferred most Canada Goose Jackets presidential powers to the role of prime minister, however, and the Parliament, dominated by his right wing Republican Party, swiftly voted buy canada goose jacket cheap him into the post with no other candidate given a chance.

Canada Goose online «I was wrong,» Mr. Sargsyan said in a brief resignation statement carried Canada Goose Parka by the official news agency. «The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.»

Thousands buy canada goose jacket of incensed Armenians, most of them young, swarmed through Republic Square starting on April 13. The protests gradually spread to other major cities in the tiny southern Caucasus canada goose uk outlet nation, including Gyumri and Vanadzor.

canada goose store The pressure on Mr. Sargsyan, 63, to resign ratcheted up markedly on Monday after soldiers from one company of the country’s prestigious peacekeeping force, which had served abroad in Iraq, Afghanistan and uk canada goose outlet Kosovo, joined the march in Yerevan in their uniforms.

Canada Goose sale «All the momentum was with the street,» said Thomas de Waal, an expert on the Caucasus region at Carnegie Europe in Brussels. It was expected to quickly turn into a canada goose coats on sale vast anti Sargsysan demonstration that would have Canada Goose Online been unthinkable to suppress by force, said Aleksandr M. Iskandaryan, the director of the Caucasus Institute in canada goose clearance sale Yerevan.

Mr. Sargsyan had promised last year not to try to extend his tenure in office by becoming prime minister when his cheap Canada Goose presidential canada goose uk term ended.

Canada Goose Outlet Karen Karapetyan, who had just left the post of canada goose uk black friday prime minister to make way for Mr. Sargsyan, stepped in as acting prime minister.

buy canada goose jacket The rapid events threw the country into uk canada goose disarray. The new Constitution invests considerable power in the Parliament, and some expected snap elections to be called.

canada goose «There is a new generation that wants change,» Mr. de Waal said. «The problem is that they do not really have a leader.»

buy canada goose jacket cheap Nikol Pashinyan, the opposition member of Parliament who led the protests, lacks a party and a large constituency.

Canada Goose Parka Mr. Sargsysn agreed to meet with Mr. Pashinyan on Sunday but stormed out of the meeting within minutes, claiming he was being blackmailed. Then Mr. Pashinyan and two of his opposition allies were detained overnight, after scores of demonstrators were also detained. The three opposition leaders figures were released Canada Goose Coats On Sale on Monday.

canadian goose jacket Mr. de Waal compared the protesters to the professional, urban elite who turned out to protest President Vladimir V. Putin’s re election in 2012 after he served as prime minister for one canadian goose jacket term to avoid term limits. Some Armenians even canada goose black friday sale referred to their leader’s canada goose uk shop maneuver as «pulling a Putin,» Mr. Giragosian of the Regional Studies Center said.

canada goose black friday sale Unlike Armenian leaders, however, Mr. Putin cracked down hard, sending in the riot police and making an example of some protesters with lengthy jail sentences. Any sign of government change through protests, like that in Ukraine, makes the Canada Goose online Kremlin jittery, so the protests in Armenia garnered scant attention on Russian state television until Mr. Sargsyan resigned.

canada goose clearance sale Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokesman, praised the transition for being peaceful, saying, «Armenia, Russia is always with you!

canada goose deals Armenia, a Soviet state until declaring independence in 1991, remains a close partner of Russia in a volatile region, with a Russian military base at Gyumri. It has been locked for two decades in a low grade war with Azerbaijan, another former Soviet republic, over control of a disputed enclave called Nagorno Karabakh. Some Armenians accuse Russia of fueling a new outbreak of the fighting in 2016 by selling arms to both sides.

Azerbaijan has long exploited unrest in Armenia to try to make gains in the conflict, which may be one reason Mr. Sargsyan acted swiftly, analysts said. Beyond that, the start of his presidency in 2008 was marred by street protests in which 10 people were killed Canada Goose Outlet and 100 injured so he was determined to keep the peace this time, they said.

Apart from political and territorial tensions, the country also has suffered from a rocky economy in recent years. Armenia depends heavily on remittances from its diaspora, which grows by some 50,000 people annually, said Andrei G. Areshev, a researcher on the Caucasus at canada goose store the Russian Academy of Canada Goose sale Sciences in Moscow.

Armenians working in construction and other manual jobs in Russia were canada goose clearance hit hard by the devaluation in the ruble in 2015, but they sent home $1.07 billion last year, according to https://www.canadagooseoutletcoats.com records from the Central Bank. As prime minister, Mr. Karapetyan had helped the economy grow by fostering a technology sector, among other steps.

canada goose clearance Given that most key government officials, including the acting prime minister, are Sargsyan allies, it is unclear that his resignation will bring any immediate change, or what he protesters might do next.

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