Armenia has repealed martial law in the conflict region of Nagorno-Karabakh. More than four months after the end of the fighting against Azerbaijan, the parliament in the capital Yerevan voted in favor today with a large majority. The opposition had long called for this step. Martial law restricts the rights of the opposition and democracy as a whole, argued its representatives.
Since the ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan mediated by Russia, Armenia has been in a domestic political crisis. During mass protests, the opposition demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Azerbaijan had already repealed martial law in December. A new parliament will be elected early in Armenia in three months.
Many Armenians blame Pashinyan for the territorial losses in Nagorno-Karabakh caused by the lost war. In the war from September 27 to November 9, the neighboring country of Azerbaijan reclaimed large parts of the area lost in the early 1990s and the surrounding areas occupied by Armenia. More than 6,000 people died in the clashes.