Armenia’s Prime Minister Resigns To Force Snap Elections
The Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinian , announced his resignation on Sunday to force the calling of early elections for June with the intention of closing the open political crisis in the country.
“Parliamentary elections are only possible in the event that the prime minister resigns and the National Assembly fails to appoint a substitute twice . Afterwards, Parliament will be considered dissolved according to law and parliamentary elections will be held,” explained Pashinian , according to the Public Radio of Armenia.
Pashinian’s goal is to hold elections on June 20 and for this he will present himself as a candidate for investiture before the current parliament with the intention of not obtaining the necessary support within the legal period of two weeks – his party says with a majority – and thus force the calling of new elections.
Pashinian has advanced he himself will be a candidate for prime minister in the next elections again for his party, Civil Contract. “We will humbly obey the decision of the people and make our full commitment to the people. If the people decide that I should step down as Prime Minister, I will obey that decision. If the people decide that I continue to carry out my duties as Prime Minister, I will comply with that decision.” , has explained.
Armenian President Armen Sarkisian has already signed a decree informing him of the acceptance of the resignation of the Government in accordance with Article 130 of the Constitution.
The opposition has been demanding the resignation of Pashinyan since the prime minister agreed on November 10 to a ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh with important territorial concessions following negotiations with the presidents of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev , and of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
The agreement means for Armenia the loss of part of the territory that it controlled in this region under Azerbaijani sovereignty but self-proclaimed as independent.
The protests have become the background of a succession of crises, the latest of which was triggered by the Army’s call for his resignation following the cessation of the then ‘number two’ of the General Staff, Tiran Jachatrian. Political tension worsened after Pashinian claimed that Russian Iskander missiles exported to Armenia “did not detonate at all or 10 percent” during the recent hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh.
Russia and Azerbaijan denied the use of such weapons in the conflict and shortly after the Armenian prime minister retracted those words, stating that he had been misinformed.