YEREVAN, February 25 – RIA Novosti. At a rally of his supporters in Yerevan, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that he had proposed to President Armen Sarkissian to sign a letter of resignation of Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan, but the President did not sign it; Pashinyan called on the chief of staff to resign voluntarily.
“I had a telephone conversation with the president and told him that he must sign my letter of resignation (chief of general staff – ed.). If he does not sign, then he is joining the coup?” – Pashinyan said.
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He called on the chief of staff to resign voluntarily. “I expect that either the president of the republic will sign a decree on the release of the chief of the general staff, or he himself leaves, and I begin political consultations even with the most harsh critics,” the prime minister said.
On Thursday, rallies of supporters and opponents of the Armenian Prime Minister are taking place in Yerevan. From time to time there were clashes between them. President Sarkissian stated that he is taking measures to reduce the escalation in the country and find a peaceful settlement of the situation.
Earlier, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia demanded Pashinyan's resignation and warned him against using force against his people. Pashinyan said that after the demands of the armed forces about his resignation, he dismissed the head of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan. On Wednesday, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, at the suggestion of Pashinyan, fired First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Tiran Khachatrian, who, according to media reports, ridiculed the words of the head of government about the Iskander complexes.