Armenian PM faces navy’s demand to resign, talks of coup


YEREVAN, Armenia — Armenia’s prime minister spoke of an tried navy coup Thursday after the navy’s Normal Workers demanded that he step down after months of protests sparked by the nation’s defeat within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle with Azerbaijan.

The Normal Workers issued a press release calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, which was signed by high navy officers. The transfer was triggered by Pashinyan’s choice earlier this week to oust the primary deputy chief of the Normal Workers.

Pashinyan described the navy’s assertion as a “navy coup try” and ordered the firing of the Normal Workers’s chief. He urged the navy to solely take heed to his orders and referred to as on his supporters to come back to the streets to again him.

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In the meantime, throngs of opposition demonstrators swarmed the streets of the Armenian capital, chanting “Nikol, you traitor!” and “Nikol, resign!”

Opposition supporters blocked the streets round Yerevan, paralyzing visitors throughout the capital.

The fast-paced developments got here after Armenia noticed a spike in demonstrations this week demanding that Pashinyan step down.

Protests calling for Pashinyan’s resignation started instantly after he signed the Nov. 10 peace deal that noticed Azerbaijan reclaim management over giant components of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas. The Russia-brokered settlement ended 44 days of fierce preventing by which the Azerbaijani military routed Armenian forces.

Pashinyan has defended the peace deal as a painful however mandatory transfer to stop Azerbaijan from overrunning the complete Nagorno-Karabakh area.

Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan however was below the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist conflict there resulted in 1994. That conflict left Nagorno-Karabakh itself and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian fingers.

Heavy preventing that erupted in late September marked the largest escalation of the decades-old battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan, killing greater than 6,000 individuals on either side.

Regardless of the simmering public anger over the navy defeat, Pashinyan has maneuvered to shore up his rule and the protests died down amid the winter’s chilly. However the opposition demonstrations resumed with new vigor this week, and the spat between Pashinyan and the highest navy commanders has weakened his place.

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Pashinyan fired the deputy chief of the Normal Workers, Lt. Gen. Tiran Khachatryan, earlier this week after he derided the prime minister’s declare that simply 10% of Russia-supplied Iskander missiles that Armenia used within the battle exploded on influence.

The Normal Workers responded Thursday with a press release demanding Pashinyan’s resignation and warned the federal government towards attempting to make use of drive towards the opposition demonstrators. Instantly after the assertion, Pashinyan fired the Normal Workers chief, Col. Gen. Onik Gasparyan.

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