Armenian Protesters Storm Government Building To Demand Pashinian’s Resignation

A group of Armenian protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian broke into a government building in the capital, Yerevan, on March 1. Pashinian has faced…

A group of Armenian protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian broke into a government building in the capital, Yerevan, on March 1.

Pashinian has faced mounting protests and calls from the opposition for his resignation following a six-week conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year.

A Russian-brokered cease-fire deal Pashinian signed in November brought an end to 44 days of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, where Armenian forces suffered territorial and battlefield losses from Azerbaijan’s Turkish-backed military.

Pashinian, whose My Step alliance holds a majority in parliament, has rejected opposition demands for early elections and called for consultations.

Last week, he condemned what he said was an “attempted coup” after senior military officers demanded he and his government resign.

The prime minister was forced to cede control over parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and all seven surrounding districts of Azerbaijan that had been occupied by Armenian forces since the early 1990s, a move that many Armenians were against.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax

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