Thousands of people have gathered in the early hours of this Thursday in front of the Armenian Parliament to demand the resignation of the country’s prime minister, Nikol Pashinian, after rumors have emerged about his willingness to sign a document that would recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh region. as part of the territory of Azerbaijan.
In front of the National Assembly of Armenia, protesters have asked the opposition to present a motion of censure against Pashinian, a request that a few hours later dozens of deputies have accepted, according to the newspaper ‘Aravot’.
In this way, 35 parliamentarians from the opposition to the Armenian Government have entered the Parliament building late at night to sign a motion of censure against the country’s prime minister.
Previously, the opposition asked ruling party deputies to join the motion, giving them an hour to sign the initiative.
The Armenian Congress is made up of 107 seats, of which 71 belong to Civil Contract, the ruling party. The other two parties, Alianza Armenia (29) and Alianza Tengo Honor (7) do not add up to a sufficient majority to carry out a dismissal of Nikol Pashinian.
However, the protesters in front of the National Assembly of Armenia have appealed to the command of several military units not to fight anymore, arguing that the prime minister was going to sign a document ceding Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan, according to ‘Arm Times’.
This was stated by Pashinian’s chief of staff, Taron Chakhoyan, in a statement, in which he pointed out that “these anti-government actions that demand the resignation of the prime minister are the result of the sabotage of information at the service of the interests of Azerbaijan” .
“Today, on the streets of Yerevan, the participants of the action demanding the prime minister’s resignation have called the command of various military units, asking them not to fight anymore, claiming that Prime Minister Pashinyan was going to sign a document,” he said. Chakhoyan.
“Naturally, such cases will be investigated by law enforcement officials, and the guilty will be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.
The protests have started after Pashinyan declared that the Armenian authorities should perhaps be forced to take “certain decisions” in order to “ensure security, long-term stability and peace” in Armenia.
Following these words, dozens of Armenian citizens have moved to the vicinity of the Government Palace to protest what they had interpreted as a future recognition of Azeri sovereignty over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Later, the Armenian Prime Minister denied such conclusions: “Dear compatriots, I urge you not to let yourself be manipulated (…) No document (for the transfer of territory) has been signed, nor will it be signed.”
Armenia and Azerbaijan staged a confrontation in 2020 to take control of Nagorno Karabakh, a territory with a majority Armenian population that has been a focus of conflict since it decided to separate in 1988 from the Azerbaijan region integrated into the Soviet Union.
Hostilities between the two countries lasted for six weeks and left thousands dead. They finally ceased when the two countries reached a Russian-brokered ceasefire agreement, allowing Russian peacekeepers to settle in Nagorno-Karabakh for a period of five years.
Now, during the early hours of last Tuesday, this territory was again the scene of clashes, in the framework of which more than 150 soldiers have already lost their lives, mostly from the Armenian side. Russia announced a ceasefire agreement on Tuesday, while Azerbaijan offered a humanitarian ceasefire on Wednesday.
Source: Europa Press