President Sargsyan says Hayrikyan shooting aimed at derailing election

President Sargsyan says Hayrikyan shooting aimed at derailing election


The shooting attack against presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan was directed not only against the politician himself, but also against Armenia’s statehood, said President Serzh Sargsyan talking to the media in the hospital where Hayrikyan had been operated on after suffering a gunshot wound in the chess late on Thursday.

Sargsyan, who is seeking another five-year term as president in the current election, visited Hayrikyan, one of his opponents in the current campaign, to comfort him and wish him a speedy recovery.

“Those standing behind the crime obviously had a goal to affect the natural course of the electoral process. We are confident that the law-enforcement bodies will do their utmost to solve the case,” Sargsyan said after the meeting.

The head of state expressed confidence that Hayrikyan would recover soon.

Earlier on Friday the Sargsyan campaign headquarters announced that they postponed their candidate’s campaign meetings in several districts of Yerevan in the wake of last night’s shooting attack against Hayrikyan.

Under Armenian law, an election could be postponed by two weeks if a candidate encounters ‘insurmountable obstacles’ to his campaign and if the obstacle persists a new election is scheduled within the next 40 days.

The Central Election Commission held a meeting Friday afternoon, indicating that the issue of postponing the election is up to the Constitutional Court to decide on the basis of the application of a candidate who believes ‘insurmountable obstacles’ have arisen to his or her campaign.

In an interview to the Public Television on Friday Hayrikyan did not exclude that the election could be postponed by two weeks, as required by law due to an 'insurmountable obstacle' to his campaign, but said he should recover during this time and there would be no need for appointing new elections in 40 days.