YEREVAN, February 26 – RIA Novosti. Having passed a ten-kilometer march through the center of Yerevan, the opposition returned to Baghramyan Avenue, where the parliament is located, RIA Novosti correspondent reports.
Several thousand people took part in the march. Opposition supporters held impromptu rallies outside the residence of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, the Foreign Ministry and the Prosecutor's Office, after which they returned to the parliament building on Baghramyan Avenue.
As expected, another rally of opponents of the head of the Cabinet will take place here. Opposition leaders will speak at it, who are expected to talk about their talks with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, at which protesters demanded not to approve Pashinyan's decision to dismiss the chief of the General Staff and appeal to the Constitutional Court on this issue.
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Another political crisis erupted in Yerevan after Pashinyan's careless words about the Russian Iskander. The deputy chief of the general staff of Armenia, according to media reports, ridiculed the prime minister, for which he was dismissed, following him the chief of the general staff was offered to resign. On Thursday morning, the Armenian Armed Forces issued a statement demanding the resignation of Pashinyan himself. The prime minister regarded this as an attempted coup and called on his supporters to take to the streets. Meanwhile, the opposition has erected barricades and set up a campground near the parliament, they are not in the mood for negotiations with the authorities and demand the resignation of the prime minister.
According to the basic law, the president can, within three days, return the relevant act with his objections to the prime minister, who has applied for the dismissal of a representative of the highest command staff. If the head of government does not accept these objections, then the president must sign the appropriate act or apply to the Constitutional Court. If the president does not fulfill these requirements, the corresponding act will enter into force automatically.