“The recent pressures against my supporters and the general atmosphere of this rally made me announce my decision to run for president earlier then I intended”, said the First President of RA Levon Ter-Petrossian.
The First President spoke for 1 hour 20 minutes. Apart from informing the public about his intention to run, Ter-Petrossian made several announcements. He noted, that the task of the president to be elected in 2008 is to make sure, that the terrorist act of October 27, 1999 is fully disclosed. “If Serzh Sargsyan is elected president, it won’t happen”, he said.
Levon Ter-Petrossian noted, that Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sargsyan have great services towards the Republic of Armenia, and it would be more correct at this point, if they accepted their mistakes committed after 1999 and left the helms of government.
The First President also announced, that the division between Kharabakh Armenians and Armenians as well as the tendency of blaming all the negative developments in the country on the “Kharabakh Armenians” is not acceptable, and promised to fight against it.
Stepan Demirchyan, the leader of the Peaple’s Party of Armenia and Aram Z. Sargsyan, the head of the “Republic” party also made speeches prior to Ter-Petrossian’s speech.
According to various estimations there were 10-15 thousand people at the rally. Greta Sargsyan, mother of Vazgen Sargsyan was also present.
Among politicians on the speakers’ platform were Hmayak Hovhannisyan, the chairman of the Politologists’ Union, who was included in the list of Samvel Babayan’s “Dashink” party in 2007 Parliamentary elections and Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, leader of Armenia’s Progressive Party. [Via Echannel.am]