News ID: 281252
Published: 0435 GMT March 01, 2021

Anti-PM protesters barge into gov’t building in Armenian capital

Anti-PM protesters barge into gov’t building in Armenian capital

A group of Armenian protesters barged into a government building in the capital chanting for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to quit as rival rallies were held later on Monday.

Pashinyan, in power since 2018 in the ex-Soviet republic of less than three million people, is facing a crisis after the army last week demanded he step down, prompting him to decry a coup attempt and sack the army's top general, according to AFP.

The president, however, refused to sign off on the general's removal on Saturday, declaring it unconstitutional.

Pashinyan has sent back his decree demanding the general's dismissal to the president's office.

The country's Security Council on Monday urged President Armen Sarkissian to approve the sacking, according to the Interfax News Agency.

Pashinyan also met Sarkissian on Monday, RIA reported.

Pashinyan has faced calls to resign since last November when he agreed to a Russian-brokered cease-fire that halted six weeks of fighting between ethnic Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh.



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