YEREVAN, December 24. / ARKA /. A former Armenian Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan was nominated today by his Freedom Party as a candidate to run in the 2013 February 18 presidential election. The nomination was backed by the party’s convention
Addressing the convention participants Bagratyan said his party did not quit the opposition Armenian National Congress, led by ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian, but had to suspend its involvement in it because a "structure, which is based only on the idea of regime change, can not exist long" .
Bagratyan said he had nice relationships with Ter-Petrosian. ‘We do not have and will not have any problems and I can assure everyone that my nomination will not spoil our relations. We will not interfere with each other, but life goes on, and my goal is to create a team of liberal political forces. I will do everything for it to take shape in Armenia,” he said.
The nomination of candidates will begin on December 25 and run until January 4. The deadline for registration of candidates is set January 14. The campaign will begin January 21 and run until 24:00 on 16 February.
The current president Serzh Sargsyan is the main favorite in the upcoming election, especially after head of Prosperous Armenia party, Gagik Tsarukyan, said he will not run. -0-