ArmInfo. By the decision of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, Valery Osipyan was relieved of the post of Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister. According to the information posted on the official website of the Government of the Republic of Armenia, the decision was made on the basis of part 10 of article 9 of the law "On Public Service".
Earlier, on September 18, President Armen Sarkissian, at the suggestion of the head of government, signed a decree releasing the head of the Police Valery Osipyan from his post. On the same day in the evening, Osipyan was appointed chief adviser to the Prime Minister. As the head of the office of the Prime Minister of Armenia Eduard Aghajanyan stated, the resignations of the heads of the NSS and the Police were personally initiated by the Prime Minister of Armenia, and they were given the opportunity to write a letter of resignation. According to him, the activities of the former heads of the NSS and the Police did not satisfy the Prime Minister. When asked why Valery Osipyan was appointed chief adviser to the head of government, the head of staff noted that it was possible that the prime minister considered that the former chief police officer would be useful in this status.
According to unconfirmed information, Osipyan initially opposed his appointment to the post of chief adviser to the prime minister. He refused to go to work due to which the personnel department of the government apparatus, without the knowledge of Osipyan himself, sent him on vacation. Yesterday, the vacation period expired, but Osipyan, instead of returning to work, wrote a letter of resignation.
Valery Osipyan was appointed head of the police immediately after the "velvet revolution" - May 10, 2018. Prior to that, he served as deputy chief of Yerevan police department. During the protests, he and current Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan were on opposite sides of the barricades. After coming to power, Pashinyan opted for Osipyan, saying that this decision should be symbolic. The head of government called it a sign of eradicating the " culture of barbed wire " in Armenia.