YEREVAN, December 24. /ARKA/. The Pan-Armenian National Movement party will uncover early next week its plans related to whether anybody of its members will be running for president of Armenia at the upcoming elections, the party’s chairman Aram Manukyan reported to Novosti-Armenia on Monday.
Levon Ter-Petrosyan, the leader of the oppositional Armenian National Congress and Armenia’s first president, said nothing explicit about his possible nomination giving a speech on Saturday at the 17th convention of the Pan-Armenian National Movement party. He assured, however, that he would inform on his final decision two days later.
“We are waiting for our first president’s reply in two days, and after that, we will unveil our participation format at the elections. As of now I can state just one thing, the Pan-Armenian National Movement is absolutely prepared for the elections, and we will be able to “cover” all precincts of the republic,” Manukyan said.
Different political forces, such as Heritage and ARF Dashnaktsutyun factions, were also present at the 17th convention.
The Pan-Armenian National Movement is a former leading party of Armenia. It was established on 19 August 1988. Its member, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, was elected the first president of the republic in 1991. Currently, the party together with some other political forces makes up the Armenian National Congress headed by Ter-Petrosyan.
In 1996 Levon Ter-Petrosyan was re-elected, however he resigned prematurely in 1998 as the disputes with the state authorities around Karabakh conflict settlement issues. Robert Kocharian was the second president of Armenia from 1998 to 2008.
The incumbent, Serzh Sargsyan, was elected on 19 February 2008.
The presidential elections of Armenia will be held on 18 February 2013. Candidates can be nominated from December 25 to January 4. Candidates must be registered from 4 to 14 January. The election campaign will kick off on January 21 and end at 24:00 on 16 February. -0-