The political upheaval in Armenia shows no signs of stopping as protestors take to the streets once again after a breakdown in negotiations between the government and opposition.
The sudden resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargysan earlier this week has failed to resolve the impasse. The opposition, now led by the 42-year-old ex-journalist Nikol Pashinyan, is refusing to budge until independent elections are held. All eyes are now on Karen Karapetin, the acting prime minister and member of Sargysan’s Republican Party. Karapetian, a former Gazprom executive, will have to decide whether to give in to the opposition’s demands or try to weather the protests in the hope that the movement will slowly fracture and fade away.
The situation in Armenia remains fluid, but it has all the makings of a “color revolution” in the same vein as Georgia’s ‘Rose Revolution’ of 2003 and Ukraine’s ‘Orange Revolution’ of 2004 – both of which drew decisive responses from Russia.