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The Armenian public see Gagik Tsarukyan, Leader of Prosperous Armenia Party, as a single opposition candidate for president of Armenia, Aharon Adibekyan, Head of Sociometer Sociology Center, told media Monday.
"The Centered polled 1650 citizens. 43.4% of the polled named Tsarukyan as a single opposition candidate. Then goes Robert Kocharyan, the second president of Armenia with 20.2%, Raffi Hovannisian with 14.2%, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, first president, with 5.8%, and Vahan Hovhannisyan, a member of ARFD Bureau with 5.7%," he said. He said that every third respondent believes in Gagik Tsarukyan's victory and may support him.
Adibekyan said that 17% of Prosperous Armenia Party's electors are pro-governmental and change of orientation at the given moment will damage the party's image. The sociologist thinks that PAP must keep on waging a centralized policy and do not come too close to either the radical opposition or the coalition. Tsarukyan has no rival in the opposition field, he said, because Kocharyan has not yet expressed desire to run for the president, while Ter-Petrosyan has lost his image and disappointed the voters. Therefore, the opposition must think well before nominating a single candidate.
The presidential election in Armenia will be held in Feb 2013. Among the possible candidates for president mass media name Vardan Oskanyan, ex-FM, Levon Ter-Petrosyan, the first president, Raffi Hovannisian, Leader of Heritage Party, who waived his mandate of MP yesterday, as well as Robert Kocharyan, the second president, and Gagik Tsarukyan, Leader of Prosperous Armenia Party. However, no one has made official statement yet.