Tsarukian Will Not Run for President

Gagik Tsarukian

Prosperous Armenia Party claims it will not support any other candidate

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukian said on Wednesday that he will not stand as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

In a written statement, the Prosperous Armenia Party said Tsarukian announced his decision at an emergency meeting of the party’s governing body and parliamentary faction. It said this announcement led the meeting to decide that the Prosperous Armenia Party will not field a presidential candidate or support any other contender in the election scheduled for February 18.

The statement did not specify the reasons for the move given by Tsarukian. It said only that the tycoon thanked his allies for their “unconditional support and trust.”

Commenting on the development, Prosperous Armenia Party spokesman Tigran Urikhanian said Armenia’s second largest parliamentary forces is only keen to make Armenians better off. “No positions, including the post of president, can be a priority for us,” Urikhanian told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am). “Prosperous Armenia has other priorities and will not deviate from the path leading to them.”

“You should also bear in mind that the nomination or non-nomination of a leader is his personal decision,” he said, adding that the Prosperous Armenia Party decided not to endorse other presidential candidates “out of expediency.”

Tsarukian was widely expected to run for president until his unexpected weekend meeting with President Serzh Sarkisian. None of its details were officially made public.


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  1. Rostom said:

    Good thing !
    Now it’s time for Oskanian to meet history and present his candidacy. Armenia can’t afford 5 more years with Sarkissian and his bunch of crooks.

  2. Samuel Darbinian said:

    Vartan Oskanian joined to Prosperous Party Then become elected PM, after a while disclose his interest for
    presidential seat,his main competitor violently tried the best to destroy his personal image with violent accusations stop him, his immunity removed & called for intorregation his own party (so called) leader
    disapeared & run away from public view fearful of loosing luxury of his hoarded prevelages instead of standing
    on the side of hanour & dignity as he introduces himself he is a leader.
    When situations calms down the leader comes out & started monkey game pretending interest in presidential
    seat means compite & harrasing the main contender,in fact the leader epected something as aprice tag
    for sacrificing Oskanian if not then you are in trouble.But behind closed door the leaders achived their win win
    agreement,Mr Tsarukian renounce presidential interest,probably got promised primer post in the futuer governmemt then his boss groom & make him in 2017 to be selected president.in another word honourable
    competion for oligarch is a catastroph.
    The question is if a leader can humilate or he has no corriage to stand & defend the just case, how such a
    people willbe able to govern the country.