ARAM KARAPETYAN’S WIFE AND BROTHER WILL COME TO VOTE
Nominating a single opposition candidate for the presidential election of 2008 is the lure of the government because they know it is not realistic, Aram Karapetyan, the leader of the New Times Party, stated May 30, who is likely to run in the presidential election. He does not think it is correct to pursue problems which cannot be solved. “If there is a single candidate, it’s OK, if there is not, it’s OK, it’s not a tragedy. With over 8 candidates the second round is inevitable.” Aram Karapetyan is also against voting inside the opposition to find out the candidate with the highest rating. “The first round of the election will show. In the second round all the opposition forces will come together to support the opposition candidate.”
It appears that you rule out two opposition candidates in the second round, we asked Aram Karapetyan. “I do not rule out, I would be happy. In this case what is the point of putting up a single candidate?” In addition, Aram Karapetyan noted that the government cannot put up a single candidate. “Let them think whether the ARF Dashnaktsutyun or Bargavach Hayastan will support Serge Sargsyan.”
Regarding the statements from the government camp that the proxies of the opposition parties sold themselves out, Aram Karapetyan said these are provocation. “They want to make people believe that everything is possible with money: as far as we know, only 15-20 percent of voters sold their votes.”
Aram Karapetyan’s family lives in Moscow. He promised that his wife will be here during the election campaign, and since Aram Karapetyan’s brother is said to be a criminal authority, his brother will also appear to public on the days of the election. The children go to school, they will not come. In any case, Aram Karapetyan thinks he is engaged in a dangerous activity, and it is better if his family remains abroad. However, there is no 100 percent security abroad. After April 2005 some people tried to kidnap Aram Karapetyan’s elder daughter. But Aram Karapetyan thinks there can be no nagging in struggle, and has already started setting up a quality team of proxies. As well as a series of seminars to work out amendments to the Electoral Code “to fill in the gaps during the presidential election.”
- 1853 Birth of Christapor Kara Murza (composer and conductor) in Gharazubazar (Crimea, Ukraine) . He died in 1902.
- 1856 After the Crimean War, Sultan Abdul Mejid of Turkey signed an Edict on the security of life for the non-Muslim peoples of the Ottoman Empire. This Proclamation, the goal of which was to prevent possible Russian intervention, did not change the Armenians' situation at all.
- 1856 Sultan Abdul Megid publishes the "Hatti Hoomayoon" reform plan as the second statement of the "Tanzimat". No reforms took place.
- 1877 Birth of academician and author, Derenik Demirtjian. He died in 1956.
- 1879 Creation of the "Cilician Society" benevolent organization. Its purpose was the spread of national education in Cilicia. The founders were Minas Sheraz, Karapet Karakyan, Hrant Asatoor, Hakob Nazaryan, and others.
- 1918 Andranik's small force arrives in Erzroom (Western Armenia). It could not repel the attack of the 25 000-strong Turkish Army. It fought a rear-guard action and managed to save many refugees by bringing them to the Caucasus.
- 1920 Foundation of the Armenian Government Red Cross.
- 1921 Revolt against the Bolshevik government in Armenia.
- 1921 The anti-Bolshevik February Rebellion in Armenia ended in victory for the people.
- 1963 Death of Catholicos Zareh the First of the Cilician See.
- 1977 The monument of Commander Gai (Haik Bjshkiants) is inaugurated in Yerevan.
- 1994 Artsakh forces regain control of the Omar Pass having lost it three months earlier.
- 1994 The Moscow Communique is issued following negotiations among the defense ministers of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Artsakh.