YEREVAN, March 3 – RIA Novosti. Armenian President Armen Sarkissian promised to present his position on the resignation of Chief of General Staff Onik Gasparyan within the next few hours, Leader of the Rodina opposition party, ex-head of the country's National Security Service Artur Vanetsyan told reporters following a meeting with the president.
“We discussed the issue of sending an appeal to the Constitutional Court (prime minister – ed.) About the resignation of the chief of the general staff. He (the president – ed.) Listened to our approaches, said that he took note, and said that in the next few hours he will report on his position “, Vanetsyan said.
The opposition demanded a meeting with the president after he refused to sign a decree on the dismissal of Chief of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan and did not send the draft decree to the Constitutional Court, which implies the automatic resignation of the military leader. 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 comes into force automatically.
Earlier, the presidential press service said that Sargsyan challenged in the Constitutional Court not the draft decree itself, but the provisions of the law “On military service and the status of servicemen,” regulating personnel issues in the Armed Forces.
Another political crisis flared up in Yerevan after the careless words of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan about the Russian Iskanders. According to media reports, the deputy chief of the general staff of Armenia ridiculed the prime minister, for which he was dismissed, following him the chief of the general staff was proposed 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.