Attempt Of Armenia’s Opposition To Nominate Unopposed Presidential C


ARKA News Agency, Armenia
July 31 2007

YEREVAN, July 31. /ARKA/. The attempt of the Armenian opposition to
nominate an unopposed candidate for the presidential elections 2008
is of artificial nature, said Leader of the Christian-Democratic
Union of Armenia (CDUA), ex-Premier of Armenia Khosrov Haroutiunian.

Haroutiunian believes that the Armenian opposition is not homogeneous;
consequently, the unopposed candidate will be leader of socialists
and ultra-Rights, and "in the political plan it is nonsense".

"Another thing if the leftists had their own candidate and the
rightists – theirs. That is why, the opposition’s attempt to nominate
an unopposed candidate is of artificial nature," Haroutiunian said.

He said that the opposition’s idea may come true if they unite with
the idea of dethronement.

"This may happen in case the opposition unites around the idea, and
will agree to see anyone as a leader but the present authorities. But
this idea became obsolete and has no prospective," he said.

The presidential elections in Armenia are scheduled for the first
half of 2008. The following presidential candidates will run for
president: Leader of the Republican Party of Armenia Prime Minister
Serge Sargsyan, Leader of "Orinats Yerkir" Party Artur Bagdasaryan,
Leader of the National-Democratic Union Vazgen Manukyan, Leader of
the "New Times" Party Aram Karapetyan, Leader of the Marxist Party
of Armenia David Hakobyan, and Leader of the People’s Party Tigran
Karapetyan. L.M.