Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
The criminal that made the assassination attempt against Paruyr Hayrikyan and the political forces behind that attempt will be exposed by all means possible, Armenian Parliament Speaker Hovik Abrahamyan told media after visiting the wounded Paruyr Hayrikyan in hospital.
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. Ara Minasyan, chief physician of the Surb Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center, Hayrikyan was taken to, assessed the candidate's health state as moderately grave. Hayrikyan's life is no longer in danger.
"That step was aimed against the authorities, against our candidate Serzh Sargsyan. Condemning that incident, I am sure that the law-enforcement will do its best to expose that crime that was aimed also against the people. Considering the high level of the residential campaign in the country, it was an intentional step to destabilize the situation in the country, which was failed. I think. I don't rule out that the presidential election maybe postponed, but
I can say nothing specific yet. Everything will depend on Hayrikyan's health state," Abrahamyan said.
In compliance with the Constitution of Armenia, presidential election is to be postponed for two weeks in case if a candidate faces insurmountable obstacles. Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan assessed the attempt against the candidate for president Paruyr Hayrikyan as a blow on the authorities and the statehood of Armenia.
Paruyr Hayrikyan will undergo surgical operation till the afternoon today. The surgery is needed to remove the shell from the upper right area of the chest.
Derenik Dumanyan, Health Minister of Armenia told media that Hayrikyan's health state is assessed as moderately grave, as no vital organs were damaged. Hayrikyan is able to talk. His life is not in danger.
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.