ARMENIA’S SPLIT WIDENS
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has defied calls for him to resign and accused the military of an attempted coup, as divisions over his handling of the war with Azerbaijan brought thousands to the streets.
Hours after the general staff of Armenia’s military made a shock call for the government to step down, Mr Pashinyan rallied 20,000 supporters in the centre of the capital Yerevan against what he said was an attempt to oust him.
The opposition gathered some 10,000 of its own supporters not far away, then began putting up tents and building barricades outside parliament as it vowed to hold round-the-clock demonstrations.
There were no signs of any military action yet against Mr Pashinyan, who has ordered the military to stand behind his government.