Fri, 16 Apr 2021

YEREVAN -- Armenian President Armen Sarkisian has refused to sign off on the dismissal of the head of the country's general staff whose firing by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian on February 25 prompted a political crisis.

According to a February 27 statement posted on Sarkisian's website, the president considered the firing of General Onik Gasparian unconstitutional.

The president's move gave Pashinian five days during which to resubmit the dismissal order. However, Pashinian announced immediately that he had already sent it back to the president.

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