Colonel-General Onik Gasparyan will hold his post as the chief of Army General Staff until an application filed by the President of Armenia is being processed by the Constitutional Court within eight days, the General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday, March 3, per PanArmenian.
Armenia is facing a serious political crisis after the country’s top military brass demanded Pashinyan’s resignation. The PM, claimed, however, that he had already dismissed the chief of the Army General Staff. On March 2, President Armen Sarkissian decided to not sign a draft decree on Gasparyan’s dismissal, but file an application with the Constitutional Court to determine whether the law “On Military Service and Status of Military Servant” from November 15, 2017 complies with the Armenian Constitution.
As long as the top court is reviewing the matter, Gasparyan will continue his role as the Supreme Military Commander of the Armenian Armed Forces, the General Staff said.