Presidential candidate Hrant Bagratyan says there is no logic in Paruyr Hayrikyan's decision to request the Constitutional Court to postpone the upcoming election. Nor does he see any sense in Hayrikyan's call to unite over a joint candidate.
Talking to reporters on February 11, Mr Bagratyan said that he, Raffi Hovannisian and Paruyr Hayrikyan had signed a document and agreed not to congratulate the pro-government candidate in case he wins the election unless the authorities published the voters' register. However, Hovannisan breached the agreement saying he would congratulate the pro-government candidate on condition that free and fair elections were held in the country.
Hrant Bagratyan does not believe that the elections will be free and fair; therefore he finds it pointless to speak about a single candidate.
Armenia's former prime minister considers himself the only opposition candidate who enjoys the highest rating. He believes that Paruyr Hayrikyan has clinched a deal with the authorities.
"Mr Hayrikyan may hold the same opinion about the other presidential candidates. It is quite normal during the campaign. I do not know Hayrikyan," said Bagratyan.
Speaking about his party's further affiliation with the Armenian National Congress (HAK) opposition alliance Mr Baghratyan said he would speak about the issue after the election.