YEREVAN, February 15. /ARKA/. Atmosphere of distrust and fear around the elections hit Armenian society, Secretary General of Heritage party Stepa Safaryan said on Friday in Yerevan.
“The election campaign showed the trust of the population to the presidential elections has shrunk. Many people don’t believe the leading forces can change in the country after the elections, and it is not a secret, there are rumors that it makes no sense to participate in the elections as everything has already been predetermined,” Safaryan said summing up the campaign outcomes.
According to him, a number of political forces, including the Armenian National Congress, Prosperous Armenia party and ARF Dashnaktsutyun just proved the situation of distrust existed when they refused nominating anyone to run the election race.
Besides distrust, something else was gradually brought-up in the Armenian society—fear. Particularly, it became vivid after an assassination attempt was made on Paruyr Hayrikyan, a presidential candidate and a leader of Union for National Self-Determination party.
Hayrikyan was shot to shoulder in Yerevan on January 31 and had a successful surgery on the same day.
“After that, at least everyone started thinking it is dangerous for life to conduct political activity in our country,” he noted.
Presidential elections of Armenia are scheduled for February 18.
The following candidates will be leading the race: current president Serzh Sargsyan, former prime minister and leader of Freedom party Hrant Bagratyan, former foreign minister and head of Heritage party Raffi Hovannisian, famous Soviet dissident and leader of National Self-Determination party Paruyr Hayrikyan, former foreign minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Arman Melikyan, political scientist and head of Radio Hay Andrias Ghukasyan, philologist Vardan Sedrakyan. -0-