Intrigue Solved?: Hayrikyan turns to Constitutional Court; says would call back his petition should oppositional candidates unite for the big run

Intrigue Solved?: Hayrikyan turns to Constitutional Court; says would call back his petition should oppositional candidates unite for the big run

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After ten days of mulling over the decision whether to use his constitutional right and request a two-week postponement of the February 18 elections, oppositional candidate for presidency Paruyr Hayrikyan, survivor of an assassination attempt, turned to the Constitutional Court (CC) Sunday, despite his earlier claims of not wanting to undermine the electoral processes.

Leader of the National Self-Determination party Hayrikyan, recovering from the surgery he underwent after receiving a gunshot wound below his right collarbone in an assassination attempt last week, made a statement today, when filing his request to CC, that he might actually take back his petition from the court within the coming two days if the oppositional candidates decide to unite.

“Should it happen [the unification] my right to equal competition would be breached, but it would be compensated by the creation of a united team. Moreover, the state would avoid additional expenses and the timetable of numerous observers would not be disrupted, otherwise I am obliged to hold a complete campaign during those two weeks along with the other candidates’ participation,” Hayrikyan told the press, adding that his petition says nothing about holding new elections.

The 63-year old Soviet-era dissident has changed his earlier decision not to disrupt the election schedule after his right arm became immobile along with constant pain. Earlier on Sunday he addressed an open letter to two other oppositional candidates Raffi Hovannisian and Hrant Bagratyan urging them to unite around a single candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. The candidates have not responded yet.

The Court has to make a decision within four days after receiving the candidate’s petition, until then the election day remains unchanged.