"HAK HAS WORKED OUT AN ADEQUATE PLAN"
- The Armenian National Congress (HAK) has nominated 38 candidates to participate in the May 6 parliamentary elections through the majoritarian electoral order. As to why the HAK has no candidates in the other three precinct, HAK coordinator Levon Zurabyan said the HAK "didn't find an appropriate and efficient way of leading a struggle in these precincts". The precincts are N 28 in Kotayk province, N 33 in Shirak province and N 40 in Tavush province.
As far as the proportional list is concerned, Levon Zurabyan mentioned that it was composed of 125 candidates. He underlined that during preparation, the HAK nominated RA First President Levon Ter-Petrosyan after meetings with political parties and political councils and took into account the candidates' popularity and their contributions to politics throughout the past years. Guided by this principle, the People's Party of Armenia (HZHK), the Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh) and the "Republic" (Hanrapetutyun) political parties hold pivotal spots on the HAK's proportional list.
As for the Social-Democratic (Hnchakyan) Party (SDHK), according to Levon Zurabyan, after the illegitimate actions against this political party, the HAK was compelled to include the SDHK members in the list of other political parties so that nothing would stand in their way of being nominated. The HAK is participating in the elections as an alliance of 10 political parties.
Zurabyan is certain that the HAK will form if not an absolute, but at least a relative majority in the future parliament, and in this case, it will be fighting against the regime, not for the proportional list.
Before today's press conference, HAK member, former deputy Khachatur Sukiasyan paid a visit to the HAK central office where he talked with Levon Zurabyan for nearly half an hour and announced that the HAK coordinator would present all the details regarding their meeting. During the press conference, Zurabyan informed that he and Khachatur Sukiasyan had worked out a plan to use their diplomatic sources and give an adequate response to the pressures on Sukiasyan's nomination.
Khachatur Sukiasyan's brother, Saribek Sukiasyan has been nominated through the majoritarian electoral order at precinct N 10. If Khachatur Sukiasyan is not registered as a candidate, he will be supported by his brother. In addition, both brothers are included in the HAK's proportional list (10th and 12th). "We call on those voting at precinct N 10 to not tolerate the illegal acts and support the development of democracy," said Zurabyan.
The HAK has yet to determine its slogan and select the head of its pre-electoral headquarters.
- 1793 The first publication of Ghazar Parpetsi in Venice.
- 1853 K. Marx wrote an article entitled the "Nations in Turkey". He mentions the exactions on the Armenians in Western Armenia.
- 1905 Birth of Georgiu Verjil, Romanian - Armenian pianist, composer and author.
- 1913 Birth of Sergey Adavelian, an Engineer and Colonel. He participated in the creation and experimental works of the Tu -104, 114, 124 and 134 aircraft. He was awarded four Soviet and four French prizes.
- 1915 Exchange of memoranda amongst Russia's Foreign Affairs Ministry and the British and French Embassies in Petrograd. In one month, the three states signed a confidential agreement stating that after the allies' victory, the Turkish Black Sea straits and Constantinople would revert to the Russian Empire. There was no word about Western Armenia.
- 1922 Birth of Professor Lorees Kalashian, Doctor of Philosophy and Chess Grandmaster of the USSR.
- 1925 Myasnikyan (Secretary of the Communist Party of the Transcaucasian Countries Committee), Mogilevsky (President of the Extraordinary Commission of the Transcaucasus (Cheka), and Atarbekyan (notorious Secret Police murderer in Armenia) are assassinated in an air-crash planned by Stalin.
- 1943 Organization of the "Haghtanak" (Victory) partisan detachment in Lvov, from Armenian prisoners-of-war headed by Sergey Harootyunian.
- 1954 First Publication of "Vozni" a satirical newspaper.
- 1992 The Armenian Republic's newly created Armed Forces First Parachute Regiment gives its oath of service in Nubarashen.