ANC: Candidate list will include former “political prisoners”

ANC: Candidate list will include former “political prisoners”

The Political Council of the Armenian National Congress (ANC) at its board session this week decided that in the upcoming Parliamentary elections, preference will be given to “political prisoners”, as well as those who are nominated by majoritarian system in choosing their list of candidates. ANC plans to nominate candidates in all 41 electoral districts.

ANC coordinator Levon Zurabyan told RFE/RL's Armenian service that ANC leader Levon Ter-Petrosyan had expressed his readiness to accept any list that will be accepted by all 18 political forces included in ANC.

According to ANC Spokesman Arman Musinyan, ANC is currently the political force which has the highest rating in the society, and if free and fair elections are held then no trace will be left from the ruling regime.

“There is only one obstacle for free elections – the regime headed by [President of Armenia] Serzh Sargsyan, and Republican Party of Armenia [RPA]. And if free and fair elections are held then ANC will have significant presence at the National Assembly, and in case if the elections are accompanied with clashes, then ANC, depending on the situation, will make a decision,” Musinyan says.

An rally is scheduled for later today in Liberty Square, when victims of March 1, 2008 will be commemorated, as well as the future plan of ANC will be presented.

Since February 20, 2008, the opposition, headed by first President Levon Ter-Petrosyan has periodically held rallies in the center of Yerevan, protesting against the results of the Presidential elections, held in February 19, when then Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan won. The rallies on March 1-2 were turned into mass disorder and clashes between law enforcers and demonstrators, as a result of which ten people died and 265 were injured.