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Voting results show that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan.
The tug-of-war between the two South Caucasus neighbors exacerbated this week when Armenia protested what it described as Azerbaijani troops' incursion into its lands.
Political tensions in Armenia heightened Monday, with supporters of the embattled prime minister and the opposition each staging massive rallies at separate sites in the capital.
Nikol Pashinyan has faced opposition calls to step down over a Nov. 10 peace deal that ended six weeks of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh by handing over large parts of the region and surrounding areas to Azerbaijan.
Armenia's prime minister accused top military officers of attempting a coup after they demanded he step down, adding fuel to months of protests calling for his resignation.
Opposition supporters have rallied for weeks, urging Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to step down over the Nov. 10 peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas.
The opposition in Armenia is ramping up the pressure on the nation's prime minister to resign over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan.
The PM's opponents are angry at a peace deal that ended six weeks of fighting over the separatist region but saw Azerbaijan take over areas that have been controlled by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century.
Thousands of demonstrators have rallied in Armenia's capital to to continue to pressure the ex-Soviet nation’s prime minister to resign over a peace deal with neighboring Azerbaijan that domestic critics see as a betrayal of national interests.
The separatist region lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994.
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