Influential Leader Names Armenian in Election List

BEIRUT (Aztag)–Another candidate from the United Armenian Bloc–Hunchakian Party leader Mihran Seferian–was named in a slate announced Tuesday by Lebanon’s influential Sunni Muslim leader Tamam Salam.

Seferian’s candidacy was proposed by the Social-Democratic Hunchakian party–and thus has found its way in the United Armenian Bloc list–compiled jointly by the Hunchakian party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation–in cooperation with religious and community leaders.

The entire list of candidates was endorsed Tuesday by prime minister Selim Hoss.

Seferian will be pitted against former Hunchak party leader Yeghig Djeredjian–who declared his candidacy without the approval of his party leadership–thus causing a massive internal rift within the party.

Salam announced his candidates list during a press conference Tuesday–attended by ARF Central Committee representative–as well as Hunchakian Governing Body members and the representative of the current parliamentary Armenian bloc Sebouh Hovnanian. Other Armenian candidates Hagop Pakradouni and Stepan Abadjian also attended the event.

In other developmen’s–current parliament member Jaques Choukadarian (Armenian Catholic seat) announced Tuesday that he will not run for re-election–respecting a decision by the ARF to not include his name in the United Armenian Bloc. Choukadarian said that he could not go against the ARF decision–since the party assisted his election efforts during the last parliamentary vote.

Also on Tuesday–another Armenian Catholic candidate Nazar Nadjarian withdrew his candidacy–throwing his support for the ARF-led United Armenian Bloc list candidate.

Nazarian told supporters and followers that he would withdraw from the race–only when the ARF does not include his name in the name. He urged all supporters to stand in solidarity with the ARF-Hunchakian-led United Armenian Bloc candidate for Beirut third electoral district.

The Catholic candidate on the United Armenian list is Stepan Abadjian.

Lebanon’s parliamentary elections are conducted on a community representation basis. Each religious community has parliament members based on the number of community members.

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