Edmonton Journal - - NEWS -

YERE­VAN, AR­ME­NIA The abrupt res­ig­na­tion of Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Serzh Sargsyan af­ter two weeks of protests against his rule has caught the op­po­si­tion off guard: The protesters had fo­cused on driv­ing out what they con­sider a cor­rupt elite, and seem to lack the struc­ture or the po­lit­i­cal plat­form to re­place it.

The protests, which lasted 10 days, cul­mi­nated on Mon­day when Sargsyan, who has ruled Ar­me­nia since 2008, an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion.

The op­po­si­tion wants act­ing prime min­is­ter Karen Kara­petian, an ally of Sargsyan, to also step down. But it ap­pears far from ready to form a united po­lit­i­cal force.

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