Former opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan became Armenia’s prime minister following weeks of protests in April and May 2018 against Serzh Sargsyan, who, after serving the maximum terms as President, had tried to hold onto power as a prime minister, but ultimately had to step down.

Pashinyan inherited a country facing serious corruption and human rights problems, including lack of accountability for law enforcement abuses, domestic violence, violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, lack of access to quality education for children with disabilities, and institutionalization of people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities.