Armenia may delay presidential elections after shooting

Armenian Speaker of Parliament, Ovik Abramyan, referred to the elections period and said all was dependant on Hayrikyan's health condition.

Armenia may delay presidential elections after shooting

World Bulletin / News Desk

The February 18 election in Armenia may be postponed after the shooting of Paruyr Hayrikyan, an Armenian presidential candidate. An Armenian presidential candidate has been shot by unknown gunmen in the capital Yerevan and is reportedly in a stable condition.

Tigran Mukuchyan, the Head of Central Electoral Committee, made a statement and stressed, "It is not right to comment on the situation at the moment. We need to wait until his health condition becomes more clear."

Moreover, Armenian Speaker of Parliament, Ovik Abramyan referred to the elections period and said all was dependant on Hayrikyan's health condition.

"If he gets well and decides to continue with his campaign, then elections will take place. However, if he says that he will not take part in the elections, then elections will be postponed," he suggested.

Furthermore, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan said, before anything, the attack against Hayrikyan was also made against the government and the public.

According to Article 52 of the Armenian constitution, the election could be postponed by two weeks if a candidate is unable to campaign. In the event of a candidate's death, a new election is called, to be held within 40 days.

Last Mod: 01 Şubat 2013, 17:00
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