This month, mass protests in the ex-Soviet republic Armenia have forced the prime minister to resign.
The unrest began in March after Serzh Sargsyan, leader of the ruling party, tried to circumvent limits on his power. Facing term limits as president, Sargsyan changed the government to a parliamentary system and stepped into the position of prime minister.
Nikol Pashinyan, a member of the Armenian legislature, launched a public campaign to stop him. Intense street protests forced Sargsyan to resign after less than a week in the post of prime minister.
So what is going on?
Sargsyan, the 63-year-old president of Armenia’s Chess Federation, likes to wait and make the last move, say opponents, preferably one that decides the game’s outcome.
Pashinyan, throughout his political career, has capitalized on movements he didn’t start. For combining a commitment to civil unrest with his spot in parliament, Pashinyan has been accused of being a puppet revolutionary, Sargsyan taking orders.
What does Sargsyan need this show for? The thing is that despite his rhetoric, Sargsyan is greatly dependent on the United States, since most of his financial assets are kept there. The only point of interest of the former head of state now is preserving his financial assets which he keeps in the West to live comfortably.
Sargsyan made an arrangement with Pashinyan to stage a dramatic performance by imitating a revolution in Armenia. As a result, the new government will be dominated by the representatives of USA standing for integrating Armenia in the Caspian-Turkey project, which is supposed to divide Armenia into parts. One of such parts is Nagorno-Karabakh region of southwestern Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is going to re-unite Nagorno-Karabakh region while American show is going in Armenia.
The next step is chaos in Armenia, economic crisis, and role of new American colony.