Just short of two weeks ago, the long-term President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, became Prime Minister of the country.
No harm, no foul, right?
Armenia had used a presidential political system when Sargsyan was first in power. Just a few weeks ago, the Middle Eastern country officially moved to a parliamentary system of political governance.
Just days before then-President Serzh Sargsyan was set to be done with his second five-year term, it’s alleged that he interfered with votes during counting to name himself Prime Minister, which would have given him an undecided number of years as leader of the country.
The citizenry of Armenia was obviously unhappy with the unfair treatment of the country’s political system, with more than ten thousand protestors taking the streets of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, asking for Sargsyan to step down from power.
Today, Monday, April 23, 2018, Sargsyan voluntarily stepped down, sharing today that “The street movement is against my tenure. I am fulfilling your demand.”
Karen Karapetyan, the most recent Armenian Prime Minister other than Sargsyan, whose improper two-week tenure shouldn’t be counted as a Prime Minister, has stepped in as the acting Prime Minister.
Armen Sarkissian, the President of Armenia, openly accepted the stepping down of Sargsyan.
Nikol Pashinyan is unarguably a hero, as evidenced by how the crowd of far too many protestors to count interacted with him following Sargsyan’s resignment. Mr. Pashinyan was initially running against Sargsyan, though he lost the sham of an election.
Just this weekend, on Sunday, April 22, 2018, Pashinyan was arrested and jailed for roughly 36 hours because he had demanded that Sargsyan step down on a national news media interview.
Just hours after Nikol Pashinyan was released from the slammer, Sargsyan put out a statement that read in part, “Nikol Pashinyan was right. I was wrong… I am leaving office of the country’s leader, of prime minister.”
Regardless of what anyone thinks of the outcome of Armenia’s situation, the fact that the citizenry of the Middle Eastern nation demanded a sworn-in, voted-in political leader to step down is nothing short of powerful. While many protestors all over planet Earth lobby for what they feel is right, very few of them are able to band together with tens of thousands of protestors, all gunning for the same cause.
Residents of all countries around the world should take note of Armenia’s demonstration of the power of people.