Today, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, called on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to step down for there is a lack of “public confidence” in the PM and in order to “prevent shocks, possible clashes, and tragic consequences in public life.”
His post reads as follows:
“Message of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos Of All Armenians On The Domestic Situation In Armenia
Dear children of our homeland, of the Diaspora,
We are living through hard days of pain, anxiety and anxiety after the horrors of war. The martyrdom of thousands of our heroic children, the loss of a significant part of the historical Artsakh world, the catastrophic consequences of the war, the greatest threat of external danger have shaken our souls, undermined solidarity, national unity in the homeland and the Diaspora. The current difficult situation, the “deep internal political crisis, has posed new dangers” to our native country, making vital the need for an urgent solution to the serious challenges that have arisen.
We have been discussing the aggravating situation with the members of the episcopal class of our Holy Apostolic Church, the Supreme Council of Thought. We also had meetings with the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the National Assembly, representatives of various political and national organizations. The general conviction is that this fatal situation must find its solution exclusively in a constitutional way, in conditions of national solidarity and common sense.
Ahead of the alarming developments taking place in our native country, we met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Nikol Pashinyan. With the growing internal tensions facing the dictatorial country, serious external and internal challenges, and a lack of public confidence in the Prime Minister, we urged him to step down as Prime Minister to prevent shocks, possible clashes, and tragic consequences in public life.
In this regard, we call on the National Assembly to act responsibly at this crucial moment for our homeland, to listen to the demands of the general public, to elect a new Prime Minister in consultation with the political forces and to form an interim government of national accord. Only a government composed of professional people with public trust can be able to solve the problems facing our people, restore national solidarity and unity, organize extraordinary parliamentary elections of indisputable necessity.
We bring our paternal message to our faithful people, the authorities, the opposition political forces, to refrain from words and actions that provoke violence and sow hatred in these difficult days. As a nation, bring a united effort to contribute to overcoming the current crisis. The vivid memory of our martyred heroes, the sacred covenant to fulfill their cherished visions in our hearts, let us unite and work for the bright future of our homeland, for the peaceful, secure and prosperous life of our people.
God protect, help our people, the homeland.”