The Armenian government prevented the assassination of its prime minister
Armenian government officials have reported that a group of former government officials and the opposition planned to assassinate their Prime Minister (Nikol Pashanian), which was stopped by security forces.
Pashinyan has been under pressure from thousands of protesters since Tuesday to demand his resignation over a ceasefire that led to Azerbaijan’s territorial development in Nagorno-Karabakh after six weeks of fighting.
The National Security Service of Armenia said that its former chairman Arthur Vantsian, former chairman of the Republican parliamentary faction Vahram Baghdasarian and war volunteer Ashut Minasian are in custody.
“The suspects were trying to seize power illegally by assassinating the prime minister, and potential candidates to replace him have already been discussed,” the national security service added.
Pashinyan said earlier this week that he had no choice but to sign an agreement to prevent further territorial damage. He said he would take personal responsibility for the withdrawals, but rejected the resignation request.
The ceasefire halted military operations in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a siege that is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but inhabited by ethnic Armenians. Under the agreement, 2,000 Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the region.
Since the early 1990s, ethnic Armenians have held military control over all of Nagorno-Karabakh and significant areas of surrounding Azerbaijani territory. They have now lost many parts of themselves as well as the surrounding territory.