YEREVAN, 2 March – RIA Novosti. The united opposition of Armenia demanded an emergency meeting with the President of the Republic Armen Sargsyan after his refusal to sign a decree on the dismissal of Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan.
In a statement by the Movement for the Salvation of the Motherland, which unites about 20 political forces opposing the government of Nikol Pashinyan , the president's position was called “extremely alarming.”
According to the basic law, the president is given three days to respond to the prime minister requesting the dismissal of a representative of the high command of the armed forces. He can send a draft decree with objections to the Cabinet. If the head of government does not accept them, then the president must sign the act or apply to the Constitutional Court. If he did neither that nor that, the act automatically takes effect.
Sargsyan's press service previously reported that he would not sign an act on the dismissal of the chief of the General Staff. At the same time, in the Constitutional Court, the president will challenge not the draft decree itself, but the provisions of the law “On military service and the status of servicemen,” regulating personnel issues in the army.
Political crisis in Armenia
Regular protest actions were held in Yerevan after the statement of the Armenian prime minister about the Russian Iskander. He stated that the equipment was out of order during the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. Later, after talking with Vladimir Putin, Pashinyan said that he had been misinformed.
According to media reports, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of Armenia Tiran Khachatryan ridiculed the prime minister, for which the head of the government dismissed him. Following him, Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan was offered to leave the post, but President Armen Sarkisian refused to sign the decree on the resignation.
The Prime Minister sent a second appeal to the presidential administration. The ruling parliamentary faction “My Step” threatened Sargsyan with impeachment. The Security Council recommended the president to dismiss Gasparyan.