Pashinyan announced the dismissal of the head of the General Staff of Armenia

YEREVAN, 10 March – RIA Novosti. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the head of the General Staff Onik Gasparyan had left his post.

Earlier, Armenian President Armen Sarkissian refused to sign the corresponding decree, but did not send the document to the Constitutional Court, which led to the automatic resignation of the military leader.

As stated in the press service of the head of state, he 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.

“Taking into account the fact that the President of the Republic did not sign the draft decree submitted by the Prime Minister within the time limits established by the law” On Military Service and the Status of Servicemen, “and did not apply to the Constitutional Court <...>, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Armenia Onik Gasparyan has been relieved of his post since March 10 by force of law, “Pashinyan said in a statement on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

It is known that Sargsyan has already applied to the Constitutional Court to challenge Gasparyan's dismissal.

Political crisis in Armenia

The next protest actions began in Yerevan after the statement of the Armenian prime minister about the Russian “Iskander”: he said that the equipment was out of order during the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. Later – after a conversation 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 Pashinyan dismissed him. Following him, Gasparyan was offered to leave the post.

After that, the Armed Forces of Armenia issued a statement in which they demanded 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 camped outside the parliament. The protesters are not inclined to negotiate with the authorities and demand the resignation of the head of the Cabinet, whose popularity has fallen after the signing of an armistice with Baku. “The end of velvet”: the situation in YerevanПашинян объявил об увольнении главы Генштаба Армении 1 of 14

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia on Thursday demanded the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan. The head of the Cabinet called the incident an attempted coup and called on those who support him to gather outside the government building.

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Pashinyan led his supporters around the center of Yerevan for about an hour, and then spoke to the crowd on Republic Square. The prime minister called the demand for resignation an emotional decision of the military.

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“Only the people should decide the issue of my departure,” Pashinyan said. “Let the people demand, let the people condemn me, let them shoot me in the square.”

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Speaking about the threats of civil clashes, Pashinyan admitted that there is such a danger. “But we must agree that we will not have this. We have no enemies inside Armenia,” he stressed.

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Pashinyan threatened his opponents with arrests: “Those who robbed the people have no opportunity to return to power … If someone crosses the boundaries of political statements, they will be arrested. The end of the velvet,” said the prime minister, who came to power after the “velvet revolution.”

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Pashinyan ordered soldiers and officers to deal with their business – protecting the borders and territorial integrity of Armenia.

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“The army cannot participate in political processes. The army must obey the people and the authorities elected by the people,” Pashinyan added.

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Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia on Defense and Security Andranik Kocharian near the parliament building.

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Pashinyan recalled that he proposed considering the possibility of holding early parliamentary elections, but the opposition took advantage of this to radicalize the situation, so the issue was removed from the agenda.

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The prime minister called on the opposition to end the protests and start a dialogue with the authorities.

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The wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia Anna Hakobyan, daughter Mariam Pashinyan and son Ashot Pashinyan at a rally in Yerevan.

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Pashinyan's popularity dropped dramatically after November 10, when an agreement was signed with Baku on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Then Armenia lost control over the Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions.

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Protesters in Yerevan.

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The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Armenia on Thursday demanded the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan. The head of the Cabinet called the incident an attempted coup and called on those who support him to gather outside the government building.

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Pashinyan led his supporters around the center of Yerevan for about an hour, and then spoke to the crowd on Republic Square. The prime minister called the demand for resignation an emotional decision of the military.

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“Only the people should decide the issue of my departure,” Pashinyan said. “Let the people demand, let the people condemn me, let them shoot me in the square.”

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Speaking about the threats of civil clashes, Pashinyan admitted that there is such a danger. “But we must agree that we will not have this. We have no enemies inside Armenia,” he stressed.

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Pashinyan threatened his opponents with arrests: “Those who robbed the people have no opportunity to return to power … If someone crosses the boundaries of political statements, they will be arrested. The end of the velvet,” said the prime minister, who came to power after the “velvet revolution.”

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Pashinyan ordered soldiers and officers to deal with their business – protecting the borders and territorial integrity of Armenia.

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“The army cannot participate in political processes. The army must obey the people and the authorities elected by the people,” Pashinyan added.

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Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia on Defense and Security Andranik Kocharian near the parliament building.

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Pashinyan recalled that he proposed considering the possibility of holding early parliamentary elections, but the opposition took advantage of this to radicalize the situation, so the issue was removed from the agenda.

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The prime minister called on the opposition to end the protests and start a dialogue with the authorities.

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The wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia Anna Hakobyan, daughter Mariam Pashinyan and son Ashot Pashinyan at a rally in Yerevan.

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Pashinyan's popularity dropped dramatically after November 10, when an agreement was signed with Baku on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Then Armenia lost control over the Kelbajar, Lachin and Aghdam regions.

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Protesters in Yerevan.

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