Armenian PM announces dismissal of General Staff chief

TASS, Russia
March 10 2021
A political crisis broke out in Armenia after the head of the General Staff had demanded the resignation of the prime minister
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinayn

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS

YEREVAN, March 10. /TASS/. The chief of the Armenian General Staff Onik Gasparyan has been dismissed as the president failed to sign a dismissal request within the established time frame and refrained from filing an appeal with the Constitutional Court, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinayn said on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, the Armenian presidential office stated that various political forces were wrong when they said that March 9 was the deadline for the president to turn to the Constitutional Court because there was no deadline at all.

A political crisis broke out in Armenia after the head of the General Staff and other top military brass had demanded the resignation of the prime minister and the government on February 25. Pashinyan slammed the demand as a coup attempt and announced his decision to dismiss Gasparyan. He twice requested the president to sack the General Staff chief.

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