Armenian opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian has replied to President Serzh Sargsyan regarding his offer to start a dialogue, saying that he was ready to meet with the current head of state in Yerevan’s Liberty Square or learn about further proposals from another letter.
In the letter addressed to the president, which was read out to the media by Heritage party spokesman Hovsep Khurshudyan today, Hovannisian, in fact, refused to stop his hunger strike that he has conducted since March 10, saying that he was in good health and did not need a period for “recovery” as Sargsyan insisted in his message on Monday.
In his reply Sargsyan described the proposals of Hovannisian concerning the holding of snap parliamentary elections and other serious government concessions as being “far from the ideas of a proper formation of state authorities” and directly contradicting the “constitutional regulations”, but still said they could become a basis for launching an “effective dialogue”.
Hovannisian himself has not yet commented on the proposals from President Sargsyan. He has promised to do so at another open-air press conference in Liberty Square on Wednesday.