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Armenian authorities lift martial law

24.03.2021 123 просмотров

The Armenian parliament has canceled martial law in the country, introduced because of the war in Karabakh.

The Armenian Parliament on Wednesday during a meeting voted to lift the martial law introduced in the country at the end of September 2020 due to hostilities in the conflict zone around Nagorno-Karabakh. The session of the legislature was broadcast live by local TV channels.

“118 deputies voted for the abolition of martial law, the decision was made,” said Parliament Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan.

on the lifting of martial law was initiated by the opposition factions "Bright Armenia" and "Prosperous Armenia".

The opposition parties have repeatedly pointed out that after the tripartite Nagorno-Karabakh, the country's authorities refuse to lift martial law for political reasons. According to many representatives of the opposition, the team of the Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan feared that after the lifting of martial law, the opposition factions would begin impeachment proceedings against the head of the Cabinet.

Protests began in Armenia after the signing of the tripartite statement demanding the resignation of Nikol Pashinyan, who was blamed by the opposition for the outcome of hostilities in Karabakh. A new round of the crisis began after the resignation of the prime minister on February 25 was demanded by the then Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Onik Gasparyan and the high command. Nikol Pashinyan regarded this as an attempted military coup and initiated the procedure for the resignation of Onik Gasparyan. Mass rallies were held in Yerevan both in support of the opposition and in support of the head of the Cabinet.

After that, at the initiative of President Armen Sargsyan, political forces began to hold consultations, which resulted in an agreement on holding early parliamentary elections on 20 June. At the same time, it would be impossible to conduct an election campaign under martial law.

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