big day for Armenia they have elected a new Prime Minster who help lead the Velvet Revolution
Three weeks ago, things in Armenia were proceeding roughly as expected.
Serzh Sargsyan had just followed his two terms as president by winning election as the country’s prime minister, largely on the strength of his ruling Republican Party. He had been in power for a decade, and recent constitutional changes to boost the premier’s authority had made the office an enticing way to retain that power while still observing term limits.
And if there were crowds in the streets protesting — even then — what did they compare to the authority entrenched in the halls of the National Assembly?