The election of Nikol Pashinyan, a former newspaper editor who spent time in prison for fomenting unrest, marks a rupture with the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s.
Hours after Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan stormed out of talks with him, anti-government protest leader Nikol Pashinyan has been detained on Sunday. Armenian prosecutor said he was committing "socially dangerous acts."
The surprise move followed 10 days of protests in the capital Yerevan against Serzh Sargsyan's appointment as prime minister, a position that holds most power under the new constitution.
Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan said he is only open to discussing Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan's departure from office.
The Armenian parliament approved former president Serzh Sarkisian as prime minister on Tuesday, despite thousands protesting against his appointment in the capital Yerevan.
The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said there had been abuses in the election including vote-buying, putting pressure on public servants, and intimidating of voters to vote for certain parties.
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