JACQUE CHIRAC TO VOTE FOR SOCIALIST CANDIDATE
- France's former centre-right president, Jacques Chirac, will vote for Socialist Francois Hollande in first round of presidential elections on Sunday, BBC News reported, citing a close aide says.
Writer Jean-Luc Barre was quoted as telling a newspaper that remarks to that effect by Chirac last year had not been a joke. Hollande has a double-digit poll lead over centre-right President Nicolas Sarkozy for the 6 May run-off.
He has criticised party colleague Sarkozy in his memoirs.
Last July, he said he would vote for Hollande, but later implied he had been joking, following criticism from political associates. At the time, analysts suggested Mr Chirac was taking revenge for perceived slights. "Jacques Chirac is true to himself when he says he will vote for Francois Hollande," Mr Barre, who helped Mr Chirac write his memoirs, told the Le Parisien newspaper in remarks published on Tuesday. "I visit him frequently; we have lunch and dinner together. After four years of discussions, I believe I'm one of those who knows best how he thinks." A report in Le Parisien suggests the issue has divided Chirac's family. The former president's son and daughter are reportedly following their father in leaning towards Mr Hollande, while his wife, Bernadette, has appeared at rallies in support of Mr Sarkozy.
AZERBAIJAN CONTINUES ACQUIRING WEAPONRY, BUT HOPES FOR PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF KARABAKH CONFLICT - ALIYEV1Azerbaijan is strengthening its military opportunities, at the same time hoping for peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev stated. In his words, Azerbaijan ...
AZERBAIJAN CONTINUES ACQUIRING WEAPONRY, BUT HOPES FOR PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF KARABAKH CONFLICT - ALIYEV
- 1879 Death of Chamik Aramyan (publisher) in Constantinople. He was born in 1820.
- 1904 Birth of Hrant G. Pastrmajian. He died in 1954.
- 1922 Aram Yerkanian and Arshavir Shirakian executed Behaeddin Shakir, the leader of the "special forces" and Jemal Azmi, former Governor of Trabizond, in Berlin. Both were active in implementing the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
- 1957 Twinning of Kirovakan (Vanadzor) and Batumi (Georgia).
- 1990 An International Scholars' Meeting titled: "The Armenian Genocide: History, Theory, Political Responsibility" and devoted to 75th Anniversary of the Armenian's Genocide, takes place in Yerevan. It lasts to April 21.
- 1997 The Legislative Assembly of New South Wales (Australia) adopts a decision to commemorate April 24 as a Memorial Day of the Armenian Genocide. It suggests to the Federal Australian Government to adopt a similar decision.