Gevorg Petrosyan, a member of the opposition Prosperous Armenia faction at the National Assembly (NA), reflected on the recent statement of NA speaker Ararat Mirzoyan.
“He says, ‘The prime minister, not being satisfied with the work of his two generals [Chief of Police Valeriy Osipyan and National Security Service (NSS) Director Artur Vanetsyan], has dismissed them. But proceeding from partnership relations, he has proposed to them to resign from office in the form of resignation,’” Petrosyan wrote, in particular, on his Facebook page. “First, who has said that the generals are the prime minister’s? What insult is this, in general, toward an officer? Does the person congratulating the country’s independence day have the right to belittle in such way the value of the soldier who has crafted that independence?
“Second, the country’s No. 1 official, who is not the prime minister [and is the president], appoints and dismisses the NSS chief and the police chief.
“Ok, even if we accept it is so and Vanetsyan has failed his role and was dismissed (...), ok then why was Osipyan, who is accused of the same ‘sin,’ being appointed prime minister’s adviser?
“Instead of being held accountable, what advice should a policeman who has failed in his job (according to the NA president) give to a prime minister who has not succeeded in the quest for economic revolution in the country, and continue to be nourished from the state budget?”