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Video: Pashinyan Demands ‘Really Free’ Elections In Armenia

Armenia opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan met with leaders of the ruling coalition late in the week, attempting to find a peaceful solution to the constitutional crisis. “Yesterday evening I met with Dashnaktsutyun party representatives. I discussed the current situation and ways to settle it with Armen Rustamyan and Arsen Ambartsumyan,” Pashinyan wrote on Facebook on Friday, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

Antigovernment Protesters Fill Yerevan’s Republic Square As Anger Builds

Pashinyan is holding firm on his demand that negotiations be held in the presences of reporters. Armenia’s Acting Prime Minister is refusing to agree to that scenario. “We are ready for negotiations, but there is no Karapetyan here. Negotiations should be held in the presence of reporters,” Pashinyan stressed.

“Karen Karepetyan still believes that negotiations would be futile in the presence of reporters,” Araratyan said in the statement. He noted that, according to the acting prime minister, Pashinyan should accept President Armen Sarkisyan’s proposal to hold a general discussion of the situation in the country and ways to settle it with participation of all parliamentary and non-parliamentary forces, reported TASS.

Video: Police Detains Dozens As Protests In Yerevan Move Into 9th Day

“I had a meeting with an official from Moscow and got reassurance that Russia would not intervene in Armenia’s internal affairs,” Pashinyan told protesters gathered in Republic square in central Yerevan, reported The Moscow Times.

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