Mon, 21 Oct 2019

YEREVAN -- Armenia's police chief Valeri Osipian was sacked on September 18, two days after the resignation of the National Security Service's (NSS) head.

President Armen Sarkissian relieved Osipian of his duties in a decree requested by Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.

Pashinian did not immediately explain the move.

In a statement, Osipian said he 'will talk about the reasons for my departure later,' and insisted that he had always been guided by the police 'officer's honor and dignity.'

The government's official website later announced his appointment as chief adviser to Pashinian. It didn't provide further details.

While announcing his resignation on September 16, NSS Director Artur Vanetsian criticized Pashinian's leadership style, which he said runs counter to 'an officer's honor.'

Pashinian has yet to name successors to Osipian and Vanetsian.

Osipian was appointed to the helm of the national police service in May 2018, shortly after Pashinian came to power following peaceful protests that he spearheaded.

He previously served as deputy head of Yerevan's police department responsible for public order and crowd control, and personally monitored many anti-government rallies staged in the Armenian capital during former President Serzh Sarkisian's rule.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

More Washington DC News

Access More

Sign up for Washington DC News

a daily newsletter full of things to discuss over drinks.and the great thing is that it's on the house!