YEREVAN, February 7. /ARKA/. Candidate for Armenia’s president Andrias Ghukasyan who has been on hunger strike since January 21st, is in stable condition, Novosti-Armenia Agency reported referring to doctors who keep the candidate under observation for 24 hours.
Wednesday morning Ghukasyan got worse, his blood pressure dropped and an ambulance was called. Yet, he said he would continue his hunger-strike.
The ambulance doctor Vahan Vahanyan said that Ghukasyan’s blood pressure is low now, but, in general, he is in a stable condition.
The candidate refuses to talk to reporters; instead he has a notebook with Internet access with him. Head of Radio Andrias Ghukasyan has been on a hunger strike since January 21 with a demand that fair elections should be hold. He claims the upcoming elections are illegitimate as the ruling Republican Party of Armenia makes use of the administrative resources.
Armenian presidential elections will be held in Armenia on February 18. Eight nominees are running for 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-