o will blink first in Armenia? An opposition that shut down the capital Yerevan on Wednesday to try to prise the elite's grip from power, or the Russian-backed ruling party, which this week refused to appoint opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister even though he was the only candidate.
In response, Pashinyan warned of a civil tsunami. Reuter's Marguerita Antidze is there.>> Streets are closed. Avenues are blocked by protesters. Protesters are blocking not only roads, but marching in the streets, waiving national flags, blowing vuvuzelas, and shouting recall Prime Minister and victory. There are reports that the same protests are on the way in other cities and towns of Armenia.
>> The protestors are angry about official cronyism. An ex-Soviet Armenia the same Russian backed elite has held the levers of power since the late 90s. Days of protest forced Serzh Sargsyan to resign as prime minister just a week into the job. He'd already served two terms as president, and since he wasn't allowed to stand again, he switched over to the premiership.
His capitulation last week seemed to signal a shift, but now the ruling party is digging in its heels. Moscow's wary of letting Armenia go the way of another former ally, Ukraine. An uprising there swept New leaders to power and they promptly pulled the country out of Russia's orbit.
Parliament will have another chance to elect a Prime Minister next week. Failure would lead to new parliamentary elections.