Armenia's ex-president elected prime minister amid protests

Opposition demonstrators block the entrance of an underground carriage during a protest against the former president's shift into the prime minister's

Police officers block the way for opposition demonstrators as they march to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat, in Ye

Demonstrators disperse as police use tear gas during a march protesting the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat in Yerevan, Armeni

Police officers block the way for opposition demonstrators as they march to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat in Yer

Police stop opposition demonstrators as they march to protest the former president's shift into the prime minister's seat in Yerevan, Armenia, Monday,

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia's former president has been elected prime minister amid large-scale protests.

The Armenian parliament voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to confirm Serzh Sargsyan as the new prime minister. Sargsyan served as the country's president from 2008 until earlier this year, when he stepped down because of term limits.

He is becoming head of government under a new political system that gives the president less authority and has the prime minister taking a dominant role.

Thousands of opposition supporters have rallied since the weekend to protest what they think is Sargsyan's attempt to stay in power indefinitely.

Protesters surrounded government buildings and started a sit-in outside the seat of government on Tuesday.