This is not only a deplorable fact, but also a threat to our statehood, President of Armenia’s Constitutional Court Gagik Harutyunyan said on February 1.
Mr Harutyunyan today visited presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan at Grigor Lusavorch medical center where he was taken after yesterday’s shooting.
The CC President says if we fail to swiftly identify the assailant(s) and adequately evaluate the crime, it will affect the future development of the country.
“This is a terrorist act, rather than a mere assassination attempt,” he said adding that the country’s legislation allows finding reasonable legal solutions in such situations.
If Paruyr Hayrikyan decides to apply to the Constitutional Court over postponing the Election Day, the Court is to determine within 24 hours the order [verbal or written] of examining the application.
Under Article 52 of Armenia’s Constitution, if one of the presidential candidates faces insurmountable obstacles, the election of the President of the Republic shall be postponed for two weeks. In the event that the obstacles recognized as insurmountable are not eliminated within the aforementioned period of time a new election shall be appointed and the voting shall be held on the fortieth day following the expiration of the two-week’s period.In case of the death of one of the candidates before the day of voting a new election shall be appointed and the voting shall be held on the fortieth day following the date of appointment of the new election.
Mr Harutyunyan said only after studying the material they can say whethere there are insurmountable obstacles for Hayrikyan or not.
Talking to reporters earlier in the day, Paruyr Hayrikyan said he would not like to postpone the election but he had to exercise his right.