Reflections

The Armenian Protests and the Euromaidan Effect

Eugene Chausovsky
Senior Eurasia Analyst, Stratfor
Apr 24, 2018 | 18:12 GMT
Armenians in the capital Yerevan celebrate Serzh Sarkisian's resignation as prime minister on April 23, 2018.

Armenians in the capital Yerevan celebrate Serzh Sarkisian's resignation as prime minister on April 23, 2018.

(VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In the face of more than 10 days of nationwide protests, Armenia's longtime leader Serzh Sarkisian stepped down April 23 as prime minister, a position he'd assumed only days earlier. "I made a mistake," Sarkisian told the country. "In this situation, there are several solutions, but I will not resort to any of them … I abandon the post of the head of our country." Sarkisian's "mistake" was pursuing the prime minister position after term limits prevented him from extending his tenure as president in March. As his second five-year term in the office was nearing its end, Sarkisian spearheaded changes to Armenia's Constitution that transferred powers from the presidency to the parliament, changes that effectively would have enabled him to continue his rule indefinitely under a different title. As Sarkisian's intentions became clear -- there had been earlier discussions of him foregoing the premiership to rule from behind the scenes...

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