YEREVAN, March 3 – RIA Novosti. Chief of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan continues to fulfill his duties, he will hold the post for at least eight more days, the General Staff said in a statement released on Wednesday.
Earlier, the press service of President Armen Sarkissian stated that he challenged in the Constitutional Court not the draft decree on dismissing Gasparyan from office, sent to him by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, but the provisions of the law “On Military Service and the Status of Servicemen” regulating personnel issues in the Armed Forces.
“The Constitutional Court does not have the right to decide the issue of the constitutionality of the draft presidential decree or the dismissal of the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, that is, the president can apply to the Constitutional Court to determine the constitutionality of the law” On military service and the status of servicemen “as a legal basis for the decree.” , – reads the statement, which was posted on his Facebook page by the representative of the General Staff Samvel Asatryan.
It is noted that the president acted and declared his intention to act exclusively in accordance with the constitution.
“Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia, Colonel-General Onik Victoria Gasparyan, until the expiration of the 8-day term (after the President's appeal to the Constitutional Court, these terms are in effect) continues to serve the Motherland and the people, is the supreme commander of the Armed Forces,” the statement says.
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.