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Candidate for president, Leader of the Union for National Self- Determination Party Paruyr Hayrikyan, who had recently suffered from an assassination attempt, has changed his mind again and took back his claim for postponement of the presidential election, the Constitutional Court told ArmInfo.
To recall, Hayrikyan appealed to the Constitutional Court overnight for postponement of the election date due to the invincible obstacles to his campaign after the attempt on his life. This is in compliance with the Constitution of Armenia. Earlier, immediately after the attempt, Hayrikyan said he would not appeal to the Constitutional Court for postponement of the election, but changed his mind overnight. Today he has again changed is mind and took his claim back
from the Constitutional Court. Judging by the situation, the presidential election will be held on February 18.
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 on Jan 31. Hayrikyan was hospitalized with a gunshot wound in shoulder and underwent surgery. On Feb 8 the National Security Service of Armenia detained two men: Albert Poghosyan (1966) and Samvel Haroutiunyan (1972), who have already pled guilty. The First Instance Court adopted the verdict on arrest of Poghosyan and Haroutiunyan behind the closed doors on February 10 in the evening. The handgun Hayrikyan was fired at has been found as well.
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 case is in charge of the National Security Service.