YEREVAN—Armenian presidential candidate and leader of the Armenian Self-Determination Movement Paruyr Hayrikian was shot shortly before midnight on Thurs.,, Jan. 31, on Tpagrichneri Avenue.
Hayrikian was transported to the St. Gregory the Illuminator Hospital, where officials told Hetq.am that Hayrikian had been admitted at 11:55 p.m. with a gunshot wound to his right clavicle, and was recuperating in the intensive care unit after undergoing surgery .
The assassination attempt could postpone the Feb. 18 presidential elections.
Emergency Room reports indicated that his life is not in danger. “He is recovering,” said a hospital spokesperson.
Yerkir.am reported that Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, Health Minister Terenik Toumanyan, presidential candidates Raffi Hovannisian and Hrant Bagratian, as well as members of parliament visited the hospital.
Relevant agencies were on the scene investigating the incident.
According to Article 98 of the Armenian Presidential Election Code, if a candidate is faced with insurmountable obstacles, the elections must be postponed by two weeks, reported Yerkir.am.
The chairman of the Armenian Parliament and President Serge Sarkisian’s re-election campaign manager, Hovik Abrahamian, who was in the hospital with other high-ranking officials, did not rule out the possibility of a postponement of the elections, depending, he said, on the developments of the case.