Armenian Opposition Protesters Call for President's Removal

Several thousand opposition supporters rallied Friday in the Armenian capital Yerevan demanding President Serzh Sarkisian's removal and early elections.

A crowd of Armenians gather to listen to a speech by opposition politician Levon Ter-Petrosian in Yerevan. Several thousand opposition supporters rallied Friday in the Armenian capital Yerevan demanding President Serzh Sarkisian's removal and early elections.(AFP/Karen Minasyan)

Up to 5,000 protesters were seen in the centre of Yerevan by an AFP reporter.

"We are demanding the removal of the president and new parliamentary and presidential elections," former president and opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian told the crowd.

Ter-Petrosian called another protest for September 5.

Opposition supporters have regularly rallied in Yerevan since Sarkisian was elected in a February poll marred by post-election violence that left 10 dead.

The opposition, which accuses Sarkisian of rigging the election, protested for 11 days after the vote before being violently dispersed by riot police.

A mountainous country of about three million people, Armenia has experienced repeated political violence since gaining its independence.

Source: AFP

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