Raffi Hovannisian Announces Bid for Presidency
YEREVAN—Armenia’s former foreign minister and leader of the Heritage Party on announced his intentions to run for president in the upcoming 2013 elections during a press conference on Friday.
“I declare today my nomination in the upcoming presidential election,” said Hovannisian, adding that “I am doing this as a citizen of the Republic of Armenia who has the will and feels his share of responsibility for today’s situation and wants to participate in overcoming this situation.”
During his announcement, Hovannisian said he would run only once “and never again.”
“I invite the intellectuals, activists, the political parties, all Armenians who believe that Armenia is not a property of one person… I invite them participate in the Presidential elections. I invite all those who want to see a country which has values,” said Hovannisian.
“This country isn’t a one party state. It belongs to the people. I expect the upcoming presidential election to correspond to Armenian, not international standards,” added Hovannisian.
The Heritage Party leader said that he will comment on his candidacy in the coming days.
Hovannisian renounced his parliament seat in September and became the second person to offer his candidacy in the upcoming February elections. President Serzh Sarkisian has already announced his intentions to seek re-election.