Oppositionists demanding the resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan are gathering for a rally in front of the parliament building, TOPNEWS correspondent reports.
The rally is scheduled at the intersection of Demirchyan Street, where the opposition camp is located, and Baghramyan Avenue, which was previously unblocked by the protesters.
Before the rally, Ishkhan Saghatelyan, coordinator of the opposition Movement to Save the Motherland, said that the unification agenda remained the same – Pashinyan’s resignation. According to him, if the prime minister formally resigns in order to launch the mechanism for holding early parliamentary elections, the opposition will fight so that he does not fulfill the duties of the head of the government during the pre-election period.
“We must turn de jure resignation into actual resignation,” Saghatelyan said.
Earlier, Pashinyan announced the holding of early parliamentary elections in Armenia on June 20.
Another political crisis erupted in Yerevan after Pashinyan’s careless words about the Russian Iskanders. According to media reports, the deputy chief of the general staff of Armenia ridiculed the prime minister, for which he was dismissed, following him the chief of the general staff was offered to resign. The Armenian Armed Forces issued a statement demanding the resignation of Pashinyan himself. The prime minister regarded this as an attempted coup and called on his supporters to take to the streets. Meanwhile, the opposition has erected barricades and camped outside the parliament, demanding the resignation of the prime minister. Later they dismantled part of the barricades.