Surik Khachatryan: Vahe Hakobyan supports Vachagan Adunts’ candidacy

Surik Khachatryan: Vahe Hakobyan supports Vachagan Adunts’ candidacy

by Tatevik Shahunyan

Saturday, May 24, 16:44

Ex-governor of Syunik marz Surik Khachatryan has refuted the
information that he exerted pressure on the candidates for mayor of

On May 24, before the start of the 15th congress of the ruling
Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), Khachatryan said that the
candidates themselves decided to advance their candidacies or withdraw
them. He added that the candidate to run for mayor of Goris has
already been determined. “It is our common candidate”, he said. In the
meantime, Khachatryan stressed that he supports Vachagan Adunts’
candidacy, because he considers him a good man. Khachatryan also
pointed out that he is on perfect terms with the incumbent Governor of
Syunik Vahe Hakobyan who also supports Adunts, according to

To note, Ara Budaghyan and Tigran Karapetyan have suddenly decided to
withdraw from the election. For the moment, the candidates for mayor
of Goris are Vachagan Adunts and non-partisan businessman Hrayr
Yolyan. According to ArmInfo’s sources in the RPA, the tense situation
in Goris is explained rather by the need to maintain the counterweight
between the Hakobyans’ family and the team of ex-Governor of Syunik
Surik Khachatryan than by the personality of the future mayor. Thus,
the leadership of the country is trying to hinder power monopolization
in Syunik by the Hakobyans.

From: A. Papazian

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