Armenian financial system minister tenders resignation amid protests | Europe

Tigran Khachatryan’s move comes as the government is under pressure to quit after agreeing to end the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Armenian Economy Minister Tigran Khachatryan has submitted his resignation, his spokeswoman said Tuesday after criticizing the government for a peace deal that helped Azerbaijan make progress in Nagorno-Karabakh after six weeks of fighting.

The announcement made by Khachatryan’s spokeswoman Anna Ohanyan on Facebook follows the appointment of a new defense minister and foreign minister last week.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s government has been pressured by protesters who have demanded that he resign over the deal that ended the heaviest fighting in decades in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region of Azerbaijan populated mainly by ethnic Armenians.

Under the agreement brokered by Russia, the Armenian ethnic leaders of Nagorno-Karabakh are handing over areas they had controlled for decades, but which were internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.

Pashinyan, who has declined calls to resign, last week unveiled a six-month plan of action aimed at ensuring Armenia’s stability.

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