Armenian prime minister resigns after facing protests

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan abruptly resigned on Monday in a bid to calm huge anti-government protests. “The movement on the streets is against my rule,” said Sargsyan, who served as president from 2008 until term limits forced him out of office in March. “I’m complying with their demands.” Critics, many of whom feared Sargsyan was trying to seize power for life, poured into the streets of the capital, Yerevan, following the news of the controversial leader’s unexpected departure after 10 days of demonstrations against his selection as prime minister as part of a new governmental system reducing presidential powers and increasing those of the prime minister.

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