Yerevan, Armenia (Associated Press)-The Prime Minister of Armenia won a political opinion in a quarrel with senior military brass on Tuesday, advancing a motion to fire the country’s senior military officers.
Armenia’s defeat in the conflict between Nagorno-Karabakh region and Azerbaijan triggered a political crisis. Last week, after the chief of the military’s general staff called for the removal of the prime minister, the general staff of the military requested resignation. Pashinyan responded by firing Colonel Onik Gasparyan, Chief of Staff.
Armenia’s main ceremonial president, Armen Sarkissian, refused to approve the removal order for the second time on Tuesday. However, the president did not ask the country’s high court to check whether the order to expel Gaspayan is constitutional. This is a legal warning and means that the dismissal will automatically take effect.
Since signing the peace agreement in November, Passingyan has faced opposition requests to resign, and the peace agreement ended the six weeks of fierce fighting with Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Through the Russian agreement, Azerbaijan regained control of most of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas occupied by Armenian forces for more than 25 centuries.
Opposition protesters sought to remove Pashinyan’s strike in the winter, but the rift between him and the country’s military leaders intensified again.
Thousands of Pashinyan supporters and opposition demonstrators gathered in different locations in the Armenian capital on Monday and then marched through the city. More gatherings are planned on Wednesday.
Pashinyan is a 45-year-old former journalist who came to power after leading a large-scale street protest in 201
The Prime Minister’s defense of the peace agreement is a painful but necessary move to prevent Azerbaijan from surpassing the entire Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, which has been supported by Armenia since the end of the separatist war in 19949 The fighting with Azerbaijan that broke out in late September and lasted for 44 days has caused more than 6,000 deaths. Russia has deployed about 2,000 peacekeepers to monitor the November 10 peace agreement.