Armenian speaker sees no reason for postponing presidential vote
YEREVAN, February 1. /ARKA/. Speaker of Armenian parliament Hovik Abrahamyan sees no serious reasons for postponing the presidential vote due to the assassination attempt on candidate for president Paruyr Hayrikyan.
According to Armenia’s Constitution, presidential elections may be postponed if insurmountable obstacles occur on the way of any presidential nominee. If such obstacles are not eliminated within two-week time, new elections are scheduled and the vote is held on the fortieth day after expiry of the above two-week term.
“I see no reasons for postponing the elections, but everything depends on Hayrikyan’s health condition,” the speaker said.
Hayrikyan was shot in the shoulder in the center of Yerevan, Tpagrichneri street, where he lives, around 23:30 yesterday.
Now he is in a moderate condition, doctors say.
Armenia’s presidential elections are scheduled for February 18.
Eight nominees are running for Armenia’s president: current president Serzh Sargsyan, former prime minister and leader of Freedom party Hrant Bagratyan, former foreign minister and head of Heritage party Raffi Hovhannisyan, famous Soviet dissident and leader of National Self-Determination party Paruyr Hayrikyan, ex foreign minister of Karabakh Arman Melikyan, political scientist and head of Radio Hay Andrias Ghukasyan, philologist Vardan Sedrakyan and leader of National Consent party Aram Harutinyan. –0--