Armenia holds referendum on divisive constitutional reforms

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on September 7, 2015Armenians on Sunday voted in a referendum on constitutional reforms which the opposition claims are aimed at keeping the ex-Soviet nation’s President Serzh Sarkisian in power. Some 5,000 protesters already rallied against the reforms in Yerevan on Tuesday, demanding Sarkisian’s resignation, and opposition parties vowed to stage fresh protests on Sunday evening. “If adopted, the amendments will perpetuate the rule of Sarkisian and his Republican Party,” said Aram Manukyan, an MP from the opposition Armenian National Congress party.

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