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YEREVAN. – Kim Balayan, a former judge of the Constitutional Court of Armenia, has joined the hunger strike in front of the main government building—and demanding PM Nikol Pashinyan's resignation.

 "Nikol Pashinyan, violating the constitutional order, in fact signed an international agreement, but it was not defined by procedures," Balayan stated, in particular, speaking to reporters.

He added that who the National Assembly shall appoint as the next PM, and how the latter will move forward, was a completely different matter.

Balayan noted hunger strike is an extreme step. "I have declared a hunger strike until achieving his [Pashinyan’s] resignation," he added.

To note, Kim Balayan's son Gabriel Balayan on Monday was relieved of the post of Deputy Defense Minister. One of his other sons, Tigran Balayan, is Armenia’s ambassador to the Netherlands, and his other son, Davit Balayan, is a judge.

On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities— which Azerbaijan had launched on September 27—in and around Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan. 

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