Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Defense minister appointed in Armenia

Defense minister appointed in Armenia

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has today announced that David Tonoyan, the acting emergency situations minister, will be appointed as the defense minister, RIA Novosti reported. Street protests was triggered by the appointment of former President of the country Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister on the background of changes in form of government to a parliamentary Republic.

"If Armenia gives up its hostile attitude which it has shown for years against Turkey's borders, we will respond accordingly after seeing the details", Yildirim told reporters.

"We are going to increase friends, we are going to reduce enemies", he added.

The opposition leader became Prime Minister.

Turkey vehemently rejects that the massacres, imprisonment and forced deportation of Armenians from 1915 - which Yerevan says left 1.5 million dead - constituted a genocide.

Turkey objects to the presentation of the incidents as "genocide" but describes the 1915 events as a tragedy for both sides.

Pashinyan said in a social media post on Thursday that he had written to the president proposing Kutoyan and Gasparyan be dismissed.

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