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Assassination attempt against candidate for president Paruyr Hayrikyan is a force majeur situation that should not damage Armenia's international image, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute, politologist Sergey Minasyan told media, Monday.
"Everyone is well aware that the given situation is not in favor of either the incumbent president or the other candidates for president. It will hardly affect the assessment of the presidential election by international observers," Minasyan said.
He said that such incidents are possible in any country, and US President Kennedy's assassination is a bright evidence of that. At the same time, he does not believe that external forces are behind the assassination attempt.
"External forces, serious political parties and officials of Armenia would not resort to such step not to damage the country's image," he said.
As regards the possible postponement of the upcoming presidential election Minasyan said that it would be logical for Hayrikyan not to postpone the voting date.
"I don't think that he will gain postponing the election for two weeks. He should take advantage of the favorable situation around his person," the expert said. 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).
The given Article implies imprisonment for a period of 12-20 years or life sentence. An operative investigation group has been set up comprising the Police and the National Security Service officers. The National Security Service is conducting preliminary investigation.