Armenia’s longtime leader stepped down April 23, toppled by an overwhelming wave of peaceful, homegrown protests in what had been one of the post-Soviet world’s most stagnant states. The move set off a wave of unprecedented celebration in the country and set the stage for what promises to be a dramatic, unpredictable political future.
“I am giving up the post of the country’s prime minister,” Serzh Sargsyan said in a statement. “The movement in the streets is against my tenure. I comply with your demand.”