Hopeful Bagratyan sets terms for uniting with Hayrikyan
February 10, 2013 – 18:17 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net – If Paruyr Hayrikyan offers to choose a common
candidate to run for President, he should first of all withdraw his
own candidacy, another hopeful and Armenia’s former Prime Minister
Hrant Bagratyan said.
Besides, he said that candidates spent huge amounts of money on their
election campaigns and the common candidate `is obliged to reimburse
`A common candidate should pledge that he will not congratulate
incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan in case the latter wins the
election,’ Bagratyan said, noting that recently one of the hopefuls
stated he will congratulate the winner.
Bagratyan said Hayrikyan’s offer is being discussed but the media
won’t be informed unless the final result is reached.
On Sunday, Feb 10, Hayrikyan, who survived an assassination attempt on
Jan 31, addressed the country’s Constitutional Court with an appeal to
postpone the elections for two weeks.
On his Facebook page, he called on two other candidates – Raffi
Hovannisian and Hrant Bagratyan – to unite to nominate a common
candidate to continue the election campaign.
Earlier, Hayrikyan made a similar offer to hopeful Andrias Ghukasyan,
who is on hunger strike protesting registration of current leader
Sarsgyan as a presidential candidate.