Armenia Detains 3 Opposition Leaders Amid Protests


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A demonstration in Yerevan, Armenia, on Saturday against the appointment of Serzh Sarksyan, the former president, as prime minister.

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YEREVAN, Armenia — The Armenian police detained three opposition leaders on Sunday and dispersed protesters on the 10th day of demonstrations against the appointment of former President Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister, according to officials, opposition politicians and a witness.

The appointment by Parliament on Tuesday of Mr. Sarksyan as prime minister after a 10-year term as president has prompted outrage, prompting tens of thousands of opponents to march through Yerevan, the capital, where they staged sit-ins that blocked the streets.

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Law enforcement officers in Yerevan on Sunday, the 10th day of demonstrations.

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The Constitution approved a referendum in 2015 that shifted most of the authority in the small, ex-Soviet state to the prime minister and turned the presidency into a largely ceremonial post.

Prosecutors said the opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan and two other lawmakers had committed “socially dangerous acts,” Agence France-Presse reported, and the police said in a statement that the removal of the protesters had been “guided by law.”

The statement was issued shortly after Mr. Pashinyan held talks with Mr. Sarksyan, who walked out of the meeting after accusing his opponents of trying to “blackmail” the authorities.

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Mr. Sarksyan, left, walked out of a meeting on Sunday with the opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan, right, after accusing his opponents of trying to “blackmail” the authorities. Mr. Pashinyan and two other opposition leaders were detained.

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“This is not talks, not a dialogue, it’s just an ultimatum, blackmail of the state, of the legitimate authorities,” Mr. Sarksyan said.

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