World Bulletin / News Desk
An Armenian presidential candidate who was shot last month cancelled an application to postpone next week's election, a Constitutional Court spokesman said on Monday, paving the way for the vote to be held as scheduled.
Paruyr Hayrikyan, an outsider in the race which is widely expected to see current President Serzh Sarksyan win a new five-year term, was shot in the shoulder on Jan. 31 near his home in the capital Yerevan.
Hayrikyan, who had initially said he would not delay the vote, asked the Constitutional Court for a two-week postponement of the Feb. 18 poll.
"Paruyr Hayrikyan's lawyer took his application to the Constitutional Court back today," Hovhannes Papikyan, the court's spokesman, told Reuters.
"Hayrikyan or other candidates have no right now to appeal the court with a request to delay the vote," he added.
It was not immediately clear why Hayrikyan had withdrawn his application for a postponement of the vote.
Doctors have removed the bullet from Hayrikyan's shoulder and said his life was not in danger, but he remained in hospital on Monday.
Hayrikyan, 63, a pro-Western former Soviet dissident, said hours after the shooting that he suspected a foreign secret service and suggested he was referring to Russia, which is Yerevan's main ally and has a military base on its territory.
Police said last week that two suspects had confessed and were arrested, though their motive was not immediately clear.
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