Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, based on PM Nikol Pashinyan's proposal, signed on 3 October the decrees on dismissals of the ministers presenting 'Prosperous Armenia Party' and 'Armenian Revolutionary Party'. Thus, 6 ministers were dismissed from their offices – Arthur Grigoryan – Minister for Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources, Arthur Khachatryan – Agriculture Minister, Hrachya Rostomyan – Minister for Emergency Situations, Levon Vahradyan – Minister for Sports and Youth, Artsvik Minasyan – Minister for Economic Development and Investments and Ashot Hakobyan – Minister for Transportation, Communication and Information Technologies.
Armenian PM Nikol Pashinyan announced about the dismissal of these ministers at the protest demonstration on Baghramyan Avenue last night. Besides, the PM announced that all the regional heads representing PAP and ARF will also be dismissed at the upcoming cabinet session.
Reminder: On 2 October 67 MPs from the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), Prosperous Armenia and the ARF voted in favor of the bill submitted by the Republican Party of Armenia and Tsarukyan Alliance faction on making amendments to RA Constitutional Law 'On Regulation of National Assembly'. Only Yelk Alliance MPs voted against the bill.
Nikol Pashinyan named the MPs and political powers having voted for the bill as counter-revolutionary. Under him, this bill is an artificial ban for the dissolution of the National Assembly and holding snap elections to the National Assembly, which should have been held at the end of November 2018 or the beginning of December 2018.
Armenian President Armen Sarkissian had telephone conversations with PM Nikol Pashinyan and National Assembly Speaker Ara Babloyan discussing the current situation, who is currently in the US paying a working visit. As soon as he comes back to Yerevan, we will initiate discussion with the government and the administration of the National Assembly. The President is urging all to be tolerant towards each other and is sure that this situation shall be solved within the frames of the Constitution and laws.
14:10 October 03, 2018