Nikol Pashinyan to resubmit his proposal to appoint Artak Davtyan as chief of army’s staff to president Sarkissian

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YEREVAN, March 11. /ARKA/. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will resubmit his proposal to President Armen Sarkissian to appoint Artak Davtyan as the new chief of staff for the armed forces after Sarkissian refused to accept it earlier today.

The government told Novosti-Armenia news agency that the proposal will be resent to Sarkissian either today or tomorrow.

On March 11, President Armen Sarkissian returned to Pashinyan the proposal to appoint Artak Davtyan as head of the General Staff of the Armenian Armed Forces with his objections.

On March 10, Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutyunyan appointed Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Stepan Galstyan as acting head of the General Staff.

On March 10 Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a Facebook post that his decision to dismiss the chief of staff of the armed forces Onik Gasparyan came into force. Pashinyan ordered the dismissal of Gasparyan after the latter and more than 40 other top ranking army generals demanded his resignation in a statement on February 25.

Nikol Pashinyan has been facing opposition demands to resign since he signed a peace deal in November with Azerbaijani and Russian leaders to end the 44-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh that claimed thousands of young lives, and saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas that had been held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter of a century.-0-

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