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

Nikol Pashinyan. File   | Photo Credit: AP

Armenia’s prime minister spoke of a military coup on Thursday after the military’s General Staff demanded that he step down after months of protests sparked by the nation’s defeat in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan.

The General Staff issued a statement calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, which was signed by top military officers. The move was triggered by Mr. Pashinyan’s decision earlier this week to oust the first deputy chief of the General Staff.

Mr. Pashinyan described the military’s statement as a “military coup attempt” and ordered the firing of the General Staff’s chief.

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The developments came after Armenia saw a spike in demonstrations this week demanding the resignation of Mr. Pashinyan. The protests against Mr. Pashinyan began in November after he signed a cease-fire pact with Azerbaijan that ceded territory occupied by Armenian forces. The deal ended a six-week war over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh territory in which thousands died. The dispute with Azerbaijan over the separatist territory had gone on for decades.

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