Armenia appoints new defence minister

Earlier today (15 November), the president of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian, signed a decree relieving Arshak Karapetyan of his post as a defence minister. Suren Papikyan, who was deputy prime minister, has also been relieved of his duties and appointed as the new minister of defence for Armenia.

Speaking at the country’s security council this morning, the prime minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, revealed that the decision was being taken in response to the alleged intrusion of Azerbaijani troops in an eastern section of border over the weekend. "The decision follows the analysis of events that have been unfolding since yesterday," Pashinyan said. "The current situation as it is, I made a decision the minister must be replaced."

source: and agencies
photo: Suren Papikyan; Wikipedia commons