YEREVAN, 11 March – RIA Novosti. The united opposition of Armenia is ready for political consultations proposed by President Armen Sarkissian, including with the participation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, within the framework of its agenda, coordinator of the opposition Movement to Save the Motherland, Ishkhan Saghatelyan, said on Thursday.
Earlier, Sargsyan invited Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, leaders of parliamentary factions and the Movement to Save the Motherland, which unites political forces demanding the resignation of the head of the Cabinet, to a meeting at the presidential residence on March 13 at 11:00 Moscow time to discuss the internal political situation.
“We reaffirm our roadmap for overcoming the crisis in the country – the resignation of the Prime Minister, the formation of an interim government and the holding of early parliamentary elections, and, realizing the urgent need to overcome the deepening crisis, we declare our readiness to participate in the specified (by the President – Ed.) Format and in within the agenda we have proposed, “Saghatelyan said.
“The meeting should take place in the National Assembly, publicly, live,” said the coordinator of the movement.
According to him, the “Homeland Rescue Movement” has nothing to hide from society, the political forces' association wants to participate in the discussion of specific topics.
Another political crisis flared up in Yerevan after Pashinyan's careless words about the Russian Iskanders. 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 proposed to resign. 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.