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The purpose of the assassination attempt on the candidate for president Paruyr Hayrikyan was to distract attention of candidates from important electoral processes, political expert Stepan Safaryan said at today's press-conference.
He said that before the attempt, three candidates - Raffi Hovannisian, Paruyr Hayrikyan and Hrant Bagratyan, applied to Central Electoral Commission with a request to publish the list of the voters which are outside the country, but the process has not been completed yet. "I cannot say who organized the attempt, but its purpose is clear", - he said and added that he expected that Hayrikyan will not appeal to the Constitutional Court to postpone the
date of the election, as at present his rating has grown.
In this context, Safaryan thinks that it is necessary to adopt a law "On lustration" and, in particular, to publish the names of the former KGB servicemen and the people connected with secret services. "The incident with Hayrikyan, and in particular, his suspension about secret services, proves the necessity of the given draft law drawn out by Raffi Hovannisian, by the way", - the expert concluded.