Decision 2013: Hovannisian says Sargsyan must accept “people’s victory”

Decision 2013: Hovannisian says Sargsyan must accept “people’s victory”


Raffi Hovannisian, who officially emerged as the runner-up in Monday’s presidential ballot won by incumbent head of state Serzh Sargsyan, has called on his main rival to “accept” what he described as the victory of the people. The leader of the opposition Heritage party also invited his supporters to a rally in Yerevan’s Liberty Square Tuesday later afternoon.
David Harutyunyan

“We all know that we have won,” said Hovannisian at a press conference late last night, soon after exit-poll data were published to show Sargsyan winning with more than half of the popular vote. “I respect all my competitors, and, first of all, Serzh Sargsyan for his contribution in the [Karabakh] war and the building of the state. But he is the one who should, for the first time in 20 years, accept that people have won. It is not Raffi’s victory or Serzh’s defeat, it is the Armenian people’s becoming a nation,” underscored the opposition candidate.

David Harutyunyan, on behalf of the Sargsyan campaign headquarters, responded to Hovannisian’s statement by saying that they shared his thoughts that it is the people who have won in the February 18 election.

“Yes, there are no winners or losers in this election, it is the faith in the future of Armenia that has prevailed,” stressed Harutyunyan, a member of Sargsyan’s ruling Republican Party.

“Not too much time is left before the tabulation of the results of the presidential election. One should simply complete the process without excessive rush and speculation, consider the will of the people, accept the outcome and move on. I am sure that we can make history, the history of our state’s victory,” he concluded.

According to the preliminary data announced by the Central Election Commission early this morning, current president Sargsyan polled more than 58 percent of the votes in the Monday ballot. Hovannisian finished second with about 37 percent of the vote. The other five candidates got an insignificant percentage of the vote.