Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Armenian capital

Protest against ex-leader's move in Armenia

Serzh Sargsyan, who held the office for almost a decade, had promised he wouldn't seek the key job of prime minister.

He resigned as president a week earlier.

The leader of the initiative "step", the Deputy Nikol Pashinyan was taken to hospital.

Armen Sarkissian, new president with largely ceremonial roles, was sworn in on April 9, and now with Karen Karapetyan's caretaker government running the country, the National Assembly of Armenia will move to elect a new prime minister on Tuesday.

Police employed stun grenades against protesters, with 46 people-including Pashinyan- reported to have been hospitalized. He did not say how many activists are in the police.

For a time, the tactic worked and thousands of protesters were able to easily pass through police cordons. However, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia has nominated Sargsyan for the PM, with the opposition saying the former president has broken his vow in order to secure his grip on power. "I'm ready to take on this responsibility", he said in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestiya.

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She was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family, or to visit Farris Court. "However, I pay all the bills". She said she didn't know what to do then, but it's obvious now: "That's when I should have left him, right there".

The Dashnaktsutsiun Party, the Republicans' coalition ally, also backs Sarksyan's candidacy, meaning he should easily secure the simple majority needed for election.

The clashes broke out after senior police officers at the scene refused to let Pashinian and his supporters reach the National Assembly.

Returning to the protest scene, Pashinyan was greated by his fellow MPs from his bloc in parliament, Yelk.

Reportedly, among the students taking part in the action, and police clashed. Earlier, representatives from the Nairi Medical Center in Yerevan told TASS that "one of the officers is in critical condition, he's undergoing surgery".

Lines of riot police stopped the crowd from advancing further toward parliament on April 16. He proposed to block the central streets at night, and also to begin blocking streets and roads in the regions of the country.

"We need to start right now, streets are to be blockaded this night".

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