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Armenia -- Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian, founder of "Heritage" party

Armenia -- Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian, founder of "Heritage" party

Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of a “Heritage” opposition party, will give up his mandate in the National Assembly, RFE/RL reports.

The source, who asked not to be identified, declined to comment on reasons for the unexpected move, saying that Hovannisian himself will explain his motives in the coming days. The spokesman for his Zharangutyun (Heritage) party, Hovsep Khurshudian, refused to confirm or refute the resignation.

Oh I love when they do that – refuse to ‘confirm or refute’, because that leaves so much space for speculation. My version of the developments is – Hovhannisian has just started his run for the next presidential elections which are due sometime in the faraway 2013. Why not? Let the race begin!

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