Injured Armenian Presidential Candidate Won’t Seek Postponement of Country’s Election

by Colonel on February 5, 2013

“An Armenian presidential candidate who was shot last week will not seek a postponement to this month’s election to avoid the risk of further instability in the former Soviet republic, his lawyer and other backers said on Tuesday.

Paruyr Hayrikyan, an outsider in the race in which President Serzh Sarksyan is widely expected to win a new five-year term, was shot in the shoulder on January 31 near his home in Yerevan.

He could have asked the Constitutional Court for a two-week postponement of the February 18 vote, which would have raised the prospect of instability in Armenia, a country of 2.3 million with an economy struggling with regional isolation and the effects of a war with neighboring Azerbaijan in the 1990s.

Hayrikyan did not want to let that happen, a spokesman said.

” — Hasmik Mkrtchyanm, Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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