The situation in Armenia remains tense after scheduled talks between government, and protestors who earlier on forced the resignation of prime minister Serzh Sargsyan, were cancelled. The leader of the the protestors Nikol Pashinyan was scheduled to meet the Acting prime minster Karen Karapetyan on Wednesday morning (25 April) but the talks were cancelled as their was no agreement on the format and agenda of the meeting. President Armen Sarkissian has issued another appeal for dialogue between political forces.
Pashinyan is insisting that a new prime minister is appointed who is not a member of the ruling Republican Party, to pave the way for early parliamentary elections.
Pashinyan has called for street protests to continue until all the objectives of the protestors are agreed.
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