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Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan resigns to trigger quick elections | Election news

Nikol Pashinyan called for early elections due to criticism over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict last year.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power during pro-democracy rallies in 2018, triggered an early election to try to overcome criticism of his handling of the conflict. last in Nagorno-Karabakh.

His resignation on Sunday, scheduled, comes the day after US President Joe Biden says the Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire in 1915 constituent genocideA move welcomed by Armenians around the world but condemned by Turkey denies the systematic and equitable killings of genocide.

Pashinyan told Biden that the iconic decision was a security issue for Armenia after six weeks conflict over Nagorno-Karabakhin which Turkey backs Armenia’s neighbor Azerbaijan, home to a populated Armenian region.

Pashinyan has been pressured to resign since he agreed to cease fire after the ethnic Armenians lost their territory in fighting with Azeri forces in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.

He booked a June 20 date for an early election.

Declaring his resignation, he said on his Facebook page on Sunday that he would give back the power received from his citizens so that they could decide the future of government through free elections and fair.

He said he was forced to agree to a Russian-mediated peace agreement to prevent further damage to people and to the territory.

Armenian army call for resignation and then he tried to fire the chief of staff, a decision that was intercepted by the president of the former Soviet republic.

The Kremlin says Pashinyan has updated Russian President Vladimir Putin about the elections and the situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, where about 2,000 Russian peacekeepers have been deployed.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of Armenia had complained that some problems in the region, including the handover of prisoners of war, had yet to be resolved.

Pashinyan’s ruling My Step coalition led a poll conducted by Gallup International late last month, according to media outlet Sputnik.

Its main rival may be a group led by Robert Kocharyan, the Armenian president since 1998.



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