Armenian leader scores political point in dispute with army

Armenian leader scores political point in dispute with army

YREVAN, Armenia (AP) – The Armenian prime minister has made a point in his row with senior military officials, pushing forward his motion to fire the country’s top military officer. A political crisis sparked by Armenia’s defeat in the conflict with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region escalated last week when the army general staff demanded the resignation of the army. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan following his decision to impeach a senior general. Pashinyan responded by sacking the Chief of the General Staff, Colonel General Onik Gasparyan. The largely ceremonial Armenian president, Armen Sarkissian, refused to approve the dismissal for the second time on Tuesday, but refrained from asking the country’s High Court whether the ruling was constitutionally compliant. This means that the rejection decision will take effect automatically.

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