ArmInfo. "I am sure that officers, parents of military personnel, people will not allow the army to be involved in political processes," Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said at a rally in the center of the Armenian capital on February 25.
According to him, the authorities have relied on and believed in the army and believe in it today. In the post-war period, when the country continues to be in a stressful situation, the people are tired of consistent instability. At the same time, the power of the people should not be questioned in the country. All attempts at illegality and provocation must be seriously suppressed and punished by the National Security Service, the Police and the people.
Nikol Pashinyan noted that after the hostilities he was thinking about resignation. "But one thing is clear: I was not the one who decided whether or not to be prime minister, this issue was decided by the people, and the people must make a decision on my dismissal. Then we proposed holding early parliamentary elections. Why was this done? So that the people once again confirm their power. However, 17 political forces and parliamentary forces rejected this proposal, insisting on nominating their own candidate or representative of the elite, who, instead of the people, would decide the question of who should be the prime minister. We in turn stated that we will not allow that'', said Nikol Pashinyan.
He added that the situation with the armed forces must be resolved. The prime minister said that today he had a telephone conversation with the RA President, during which he announced that he must sign the submitted petition to dismiss the Chief of the General Staff. If the president does not sign this petition, this means that he is joining the participants in the coup. Meanwhile, according to the prime minister, the choice here is very simple. "Onik Gasparyan, who at my request was appointed chief of the General Staff, was awarded the military rank of lieutenant general and to whom 100% confidence was shown in wartime, now it is obvious that in many episodes this trust was excessive," Nikol Pashinyan said ... He urged Onik Gasparyan to write a statement himself and resign, so as not to constantly lead the people into new upheavals. The Prime Minister noted that in the event of a presidential decree on the dismissal of Onik Gasparyan or a personal statement by the Chief of the General Staff himself, he intends to begin political consultations on the country's exit from the current situation with all political forces, including the most harsh critics of the current government. "With our will and our determination, we will not hand over power to a corrupt regime," the head of the Armenian government said.