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Over 85% of Armenians say their Velvet Revolution was not imposed from abroad

May 11, 18:50 UTC+3 YEREVAN

41.5% of the polled believe newly-elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will be able to resolve key problems facing Armenia within the next six months

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YEREVAN, May 11. /TASS/. More than 85% of Armenians say their Velvet Revolution, when opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan took over premiership, was an exclusive domestic initiative, according to opinion poll results published by Gallup International’s Armenian office on Friday.

Thus, only 2.1% of the polled said they think the revolution was instigated by the United States. Some 1.2% assigned this role to Russia, and 1.1% - to the European Union. Some 9.6% of respondents found it difficult to answer the relevant question.

When asked if they think newly-elected Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan would be able to resolve key problems facing Armenia within the next six months, as many as 41.5% answered in the positive. As many as 9.9% answered in the negative, and 7.4% refrained from answering.

The poll embracing 809 people was conducted over the phone in a period from May 4 to 9 in ten Armenian regions.

Mass opposition rallies demanding resignation of newly elected Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan erupted in Armenia on April 13. On April 23, Serzh Sargsyan resigned amid ongoing protests led by opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan. Two days later, the ruling parliamentary coalition broke down following the exit of the Dashnaktsutyun party. Pashinyan was finally elected prime minister on May 1.

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