Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
Deputy Director of Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center Gagik Manukyan says Paruyr Hayrikyan's recovery will require 7-10 days, ArmInfo's correspondent reports. Manukyan said that Hayrikyan was hospitalized late at night on Jan 31 with a gunshot wound. At 10:30am on Feb 1 Hayrikyan underwent surgery and the shell was removed from his right collarbone. The health state of the candidate for president is satisfactory and blood pressure is
normal, he said. Hayrikyan will stay at the reanimation department for 2-3 days and then moved to the patient's room.
The assassination attempt against Paruyr Hayrikyan, candidate for president of Armenia, Leader of the Union for National Self-Determination Party, was made in the Tpagrichnery Street in Yerevan overnight. Hayrikyan was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in shoulder.
A criminal case was initiated on Article 34-305 of the Criminal Code of Armenia (assassination attempt against a statesman, political figure or public worker in order to stop his activity). Besides Hayrikyan, the presidential candidates are as follows: incumbent president Serzh Sargsyan from the Republican Party and former prime minister Hrant Bagratyan from the Liberty Party, Leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian, Advisor for Political Issues of the Refugees and the International Law Civil Society Network, ex-foreign minister of NKR Arman Melikyan, Leader of National Accord Party Aram Haroutiunyan, political expert Andrias Ghukasyan, and specialist in epic Vardan Sedrakyan. The elections will be held on Feb 18 2013.