Avetikyan: Chief of Armenian Army Staff can keep post until June 8

March 3, 2021 – 12:31 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Director of ’s Insurance Foundation for Servicemen Varuzhan Avetikyan has said that Colonel-General Onik Gasparyan has the right to continue holding his post until June 8, 2025.

Armenia is facing a serious political crisis after the country’s top military brass demanded Pashinyan’s resignation. The PM, claimed, however, that he had already dismissed the chief of the Army General Staff. On March 2, President Armen Sarkissian decided to not sign a draft decree on Gasparyan’s dismissal, but file an application with the Constitutional Court to determine whether the law “On Military Service and Status of Military Servant” from November 15, 2017 complies with the Armenian Constitution.

Avetikyan said Wednesday, March 3 that the Constitution does not specify the reasons for sacking the country’s top military official, but it must, under an article of that same Constitution.

And a statement from the General Staff said later on Wednesday that Gasparyan will hold his post until the application filed by the President is being processed by the Constitutional Court within eight days.

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