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Presidential candidates declare hunger strike

2013-01-22 15:11

Armenian presidential candidate, leader of the association "National Self-Determination" Paruyr Hayrikyan intends to join the hunger strike started by the political scientist Andreas Ghukasyan, another presidential candidate, on January 21.


As recalled by the Armenia Today, Andreas Ghukasyan demanded from the CEC to invalidate the registration of the incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan, but the Commission refused to meet the requirement, citing the fact that Ghukasian demanded the CEC to move beyond its authority and make a political decision. There is no legal ground to invalidate the registration of Sargsyan , the CEC declared.

Ghukasyan declared hunger strike on the first day of the presidential race. He stated he would stop the hunger strike in the event that international observers refuse from the mission in Armenia. Ghukasyan accounts his position for the unacceptability of attempts to increase "non-existent authority" of the institution of elections in Armenia through international observation missions.

As stated by Paruyr Hayrikyan at a press conference on January 22, Andreas Ghukasyan has emphasized very important aspects and, if he continues his hunger strike, Hayrikyan can join him for three days. The issue is that it may interfere with the campaign, said the candidate. "Hunger Strike is a good thing", the IA Regnum cited Hayrikian.


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