Armenia ex-leader elected PM despite protests: AFP

Yerevan (AFP) – Armenia’s parliament on Tuesday elected former president Serzh Sarkisian prime minister in a move that will see the 63-year-old maintain his grip on power despite major protests.

Lawmakers voted 77 to 17 to approve the candidacy of the veteran politician after his second and final term as president ended last week. Sarkisian will remain the ex-Soviet country’s leader under a new parliamentary system of government, which the opposition says has been designed to maintain his chokehold on power.