Armenian prime minister dismisses top army and security heads

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YEREVAN, June 9. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has dismissed today the chief of staff of armed forces Artak Davtyan replacing him with Onik Gasparyan.

Pashinyan has also dismissed director of the National Security Service Eduard Martirosyan and chief of police Arman Sargsyan, replacing them with Argishti Kyaramyan and Vahe Ghazrayan respectively.

Pashinyan said in a Facebook post that his decisions will come into force after they are signed by the president.
Pashinyan thanked the dismissed officials for the work and the efforts they did during their tenures. The reasons for their dismissal were not indicated.

Pashinyan decisions come after media reports that Artak Davtyan celebrated a wedding of his son with dozens of guests despite the state of emergency that bans mass gatherings

Eduard Martirosyan was appointed as head of the National Security Service on March 19 of this year replacing Artur Vanetsyan. According to earlier media reports, Martirosyan tendered his resignation after the appointment of Argishti Kyaramyan as his first deputy.

Arman Sargsyan was appointed as head of the police on March 19 this year. In September 2019, after the resignation of Osipyan, Sargsyan was appointed interim head of the police.

Colonel Vahe Ghazaryan was appointed commander of the police forces, deputy chief of police on May 22, 2019. Prior to that, he held a number of posts in the police.

Artak Davtyan was appointed as head of the General Staff on May 24, 2018. Onik Gasparyan was appointed deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces on July 7, 2016.

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