ARMENIA: Opposition leader Saghatelyan gives Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan until Tuesday to resign
YEREVAN – After the Russian intervention to end the Artsakh war that broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the ceasefire agreement stipulated the withdrawal of the Armenian forces from Artsakh, Azerbaijani forces moving in conquered territory, and the deployment of Russian peace-keeping forces.
This caused many feelings of betrayal, humiliation, and anger with the Armenian people. Armenian protestors rioted and stormed the parliament building, destroying its interior. Protestors have been persistently calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. The PM tried to absorb popular anger by dismissing 6 of his 12 ministers. This however, only increased people’s discontent prompting Armenian President Armen Sarkissian to call on Pashinyan and his entire government to resign.
As protests continue near the Prime Minister’s office, the representative of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) party Ishkhan Saghatelyan, said in a press statement on Saturday; “We will give Pashinyan until noon on Tuesday to resign. If he does not resign, civil disobedience activities will begin across the country, and we will be the ones who will remove him.”