Armenian President Armen Sarkissian on Saturday refused to signal an order from Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian dismissing the pinnacle of the military, additional aggravating the political disaster within the nation, the place a number of thousand folks once more took to the streets.
“The president, inside the framework of the powers conferred on him by the Structure, has returned the textual content (ordering the dismissal of the pinnacle of the military) with objections,” the presidency defined in a press release.
The political disaster “can’t be resolved by frequent adjustments of officers,” it added.
Shortly afterwards, Pachinian mentioned on Fb that he would refer the order again to the presidency, stressing that the choice had “by no means” defused the disaster.
It got here as round 15,000 folks demonstrated on Saturday in Yerevan for the third day of protests in a row, demanding the resignation of the prime minister.
Demonstrators marched within the centre of Yerevan, whereas many individuals cheered them from their home windows or balconies.
At 7.30 pm, the procession arrived in entrance of the parliament, the place among the demonstrators arrange camp, an AFP journalist mentioned.
Round 5,000 demonstrators had gathered there earlier within the day, calling on parliamentarians to take motion.
The catalyst for the current unrest in Armenia is final yr’s bloody battle with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno Karabakh area, which noticed 1000’s killed on either side.
Swathes of territory in and across the mountainous area had been ceded to Azerbaijan when the 2 sides signed a November 10 Russian-brokered peace deal and Pashinyan has confronted protests ever since.
What sparked current unrest?
The set off for current occasions was feedback made by Pashinyan in regards to the alleged ineffectiveness of the Iskander missile system.
The army’s prime brass launched a press release saying “the prime minister and the federal government are now not in a position to make cheap choices”, based on Armenpress, the nation’s state information company.
“For a very long time, the Armenian armed forces had been patiently tolerating the ‘assaults’ by the incumbent authorities aimed toward defaming the armed forces, however every thing has its limits,” the officers had been cited as saying.
Pashinyan retaliated by sacking the pinnacle of the military’s Common Workers, Onik Gasparyan, additional angering the army elite.
He accused prime army officers of trying a coup, at this level rallying his supporters to assemble on the march telling them: “The military is just not a political establishment and makes an attempt to contain it in political processes are unacceptable.”