Heritage party’s leader tours Armenia's regions (video, updated)

14:05 • 07.03.13



As part of his Revolution of Salute, former presidential candidate Raffi Hovhannisian headed Thursday to Talin (Aragatsotn region) to meet with a crowd of supporters.


Speaking at the rally in Armenia’s western town, the Heritage party’s leader said it was a big mistake on his part to place his 2012 parliament bid as a single mandate candidate from Talin (where he received 42% of votes).


“It was very little, yet [the voters] did that. They intimidated [people], distributed money and used state resources to threaten the population. But that’s is the last time it happens. Talin will never again face such a situation,” Hovhannisian promised.


He then called for the Aragatsotn governor, Sargis Sahakyan, to step down and apologize to the people. He also thanked policemen for escorting him across the roads covered with heavy snow.


Continuing his speech, the Heritage leader urged for President Serzh Sargsyan’s resignation, considering his re-election fraudulent.


“I demand that Serzh Sargsyan respect the people’s victory,” he said, repeating an earlier statement that his success in the February18 presidential election was the people’s choice, rather than a race between him and the re-elected president.


“I am obliged to protect that victory for the rest of my life,” Hovhannisiana added.



The Heritage leader will continue his tour later today. He is set to visit the towns of Artik, Spitak and Aparan, as well as the second and third largest cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor.

 


Video streaming by Ustream

_________________________________________________________________________________

15:30


Raffi Hovhannisyan in Artik

In his speech in Artik, the Heritage party’s leader said with regret that grief and a big desire to leave the country was all he could see in the people’s eyes.

The overcrowded rally in the town, where Hovhannisian had an advantage of votes over the re-elected president, saw absolutely no incident. Policemen, who were trying to disperse the crowd, would occasionally say that they had closed the roads to prevent more people from attending the event. Their conduct drove young activists to anger, but a further tension was prevented thanks to Hovhannisian who interrupted his speech to ask the participants to avoid bitter remarks.

“If you are going to be intimidated and held accountable, I will call on Serzh [Sargsyan], the captain, to subject me to administrative liability, just now, in front of the people in Artik. If you do not, then never again intimidate the people,” he said.

According to official data, Heritage party Chairman Raffi Hovannisian received 54% of votes in Spitak.

Following his public meeting, he visited the Spitak cemetery. 

“Spitak will be revived – both for itself and for Armenia,” he said.
 He recalled his visit to Spitak a few days after the devastating earthquake in 1988, accompanied by his mother.

In Aparan, Raffi Hovannisian talked to people. One of the residents called on the people “not to follow the March 1 way.” Another resident said that a revolution must be carried out.

Mr Hovannisian assured the citizens that “we are not going to see one more March 1.” “Armenian citizens are much more important that Serzh Sargsyan and Raffi Hovannisian,” he said.

He assured the local residents that “from April 9, presidents and prosecutors will be changed.” “Prosecutors and presidents some and go,” he said.

He said that the Aragatsotn governor must resign and be accountable to the people. 



 

Armenian News - Tert.am





LATEST NEWSAll Today news

16:19 • 31/01

Armenian banks waiting for USD revaluation to issue loans - economist

15:09 • 31/01

Spain’s Burjassot city recognizes Armenian Genocide

14:49 • 31/01

1946 NY subway photographed by 17-Year-Old Stanley Kubrick

14:36 • 31/01

Nagorno-Karabakh commits deadly retaliation act against Azerbaijan

14:22 • 31/01

ECtHR: Turkey’s violations account for more than other 46 states combined

14:04 • 31/01

Azerbaijan intensifies ceasefire violations along Line of Contact

13:39 • 31/01

John Kerry to meet with Russia’s Lavrov

13:06 • 31/01

Pan-Armenian declaration makes appropriate references to intn’l law

12:02 • 31/01

Language family tree - in pictures

11:53 • 31/01

Manchester Utd ‘agree £37m transfer fee to sign Mats Hummels’

11:45 • 31/01

Chorrord Ishkhanutyun: Decline in foreign transfers continues

11:26 • 31/01

Highways trafficable in Armenia

11:20 • 31/01

ANCA welcomes new GOP chairman

11:06 • 31/01

Hraparak: Brandy businesses facing crisis in Armenia

10:33 • 31/01

EU commissioner wants Greece in Euros

10:28 • 31/01

Michelle Obama defends sniper film

10:22 • 31/01

IS chemical weapons expert killed

10:16 • 31/01

Fitch downgrades Armenia

20:26 • 30/01

Israel’s president indirectly recognized Armenian Genocide – opinions

18:48 • 30/01

Pan-Armenian Declaration itself full answer – Vigen Sargsyan

18:17 • 30/01

Google agrees privacy policy changes with data watchdog

17:41 • 30/01

Thomas de Waal’s book ‘Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide’ released

17:33 • 30/01

2014 tense year for Armenian media – report

16:56 • 30/01

Armenia’s premier receives small, medium businessmen

16:11 • 30/01

Armenian Oscar pizza delivery man reflects on life one year after Ellen DeGeneres' dinner order for the stars

15:55 • 30/01

Armenia, unlike Azerbaijan, has higher status in Minsk Group – politician

15:34 • 30/01

Russia cuts interest rates from 17% to 15%

15:21 • 30/01

Erdoğan says Turkey is ready to take required steps if ‘found guilty’ of Armenian killings

14:48 • 30/01

2015 will be politically turbulent for Armenia, says expert

14:40 • 30/01

Pan-Armenian Declaration best answer to Turkey – Ruben Safrastyan

14:15 • 30/01

Armenia’s economy must be ready for any scenario, says premier

14:11 • 30/01

Armenia’s domestic political life in ‘standby mode’ – expert

13:49 • 30/01

Turkish president’s response to Pan-Armenian Declaration proves Turkey has no answer

13:04 • 30/01

Warlick slams use of drones above Line of Contact

12:37 • 30/01

Azerbaijan jails journalist for hooliganism for five years

12:30 • 30/01

Turnover tax on Armenian cabinet’s agenda as protest continues

12:04 • 30/01

Armenian church observes St Sargis Day on Jan. 30

11:49 • 30/01

Turnover tax protest in Armenia’s capital (updated)

11:29 • 30/01

Amazon to launch e-mail service

11:18 • 30/01

Minsk Group message to Azerbaijan big progress – Nagorno-Karabakh official

10:45 • 30/01

Azerbaijan continues ceasefire violations

10:29 • 30/01

Chorrord Ishkanutyun: Armenia to declare amnesty in spring?

10:17 • 30/01

Hraparak: Russia ok’s constitutional reforms in Armenia

09:57 • 30/01

Turkey takes over presidency of TRACECA

09:38 • 30/01

Roadways trafficable in Armenia

09:22 • 30/01

Haykakan Zhamanak: Club for Pro-Kocharyan ex-officials?

09:14 • 30/01

Haykakan Zhamanak: Armenian banks optimizing costs

08:55 • 30/01

Soviet spy Stig Begling dies

08:35 • 30/01

Armenian Genocide thriller to be released in 2015

08:26 • 30/01

Deadly attack hits Egypt’s north

08:13 • 30/01

Colorado Senate kills pro-Azerbaijani resolution in presence of consul general

21:42 • 29/01

Turkey first to be responsible for politicizing Armenian Genocide

21:13 • 29/01

Azerbaijan downs its own drone – official

20:51 • 29/01

Pan-Armenian Declaration on 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide promulgated at Tsitsernakaberd memorial complex

20:30 • 29/01

Perinçek case not a case of legal recognition or denial of Armenian Genocide – Serzh Sargsyan

20:02 • 29/01

Turkish Foreign Ministry ‘mistakenly’ publishes Armenian Genocide Monument picture

19:46 • 29/01

Turkish president’s invitation inappropriate and miscalculated step – Serzh Sargsyan

18:31 • 29/01

Human Rights Watch releases world human rights report 2015

18:13 • 29/01

Turkey seeking to cause split within Armenian Diaspora

17:30 • 29/01

Greek government faces 'straight talking' from EU's Schulz

17:00 • 29/01

Genocide centennial commission opens fifth session (photos)

16:31 • 29/01

Armenian Parliament to discuss statement on Greek and Assyrian genocides in Ottoman Empire

16:27 • 29/01

Kim Kardashian mocks herself in super bowl ad

16:16 • 29/01

Azerbaijan must stop provocations to justify shortcomings – Nagorno-Karabakh envoy

16:07 • 29/01

Armenian scientist ready to sign job creation contact with president

15:55 • 29/01

Nagorno-Karabakh sambo athlete wins silver in Kazakhstan

15:45 • 29/01

When Turkish people believe in judicial independence, EU will follow suit, says EU minister

15:40 • 29/01

Dogu Perinçek entrapped at European Court of Human Rights - Sarkis Shahinian

15:21 • 29/01

Komitas Museum symbolizes Armenians' national rebirth - Serzh Sargsyan

15:08 • 29/01

Report emphasizes Erdoğan’s impact on decline of democracy in Turkey

14:09 • 29/01

Armenian vendors protesting against turnover tax

13:58 • 29/01

Armenia must be able to take advantage of crisis – economist

13:34 • 29/01

Central Bank’s decision on minimum capital to speed up natural process

13:17 • 29/01

Turkey-based DurDe organization members to arrive in Armenia, pay tribute to Armenian Genocide victims

12:56 • 29/01

Facebook now bigger than largest country on earth

12:38 • 29/01

Armenia averts attempted Azerbaijani subversion in Tavush

12:19 • 29/01

Armenian soldier killed in Syria

11:54 • 29/01

France’s Hollande to visit Armenia on April 24 (photos)

11:40 • 29/01

Turkish FM calls for tightened border controls by EU

11:30 • 29/01

Zhoghovurd: Prosecutor general’s father to take over consular office?

11:12 • 29/01

Nagorno-Karabakh reports over 300 truce violations

11:07 • 29/01

Facebook earnings beat expected records

10:52 • 29/01

Armenian army’s might not limited o weapons – ex-lawmaker

10:06 • 29/01

PACE suspends Russia’s voting rights

09:52 • 29/01

168 Zham: Armenia-EU Association deal no longer on agenda

09:40 • 29/01

People who mastered art of snow

09:31 • 29/01

Luxury company guarantees wedding day good weather

09:15 • 29/01

Haykakan Zhamanak: New Armenian ambassador to Germany named?

09:02 • 29/01

Spanish police arrest priests in pedophilia probe

08:52 • 29/01

Zhoghovurd: Will NATO be security guarantor for Armenia?

08:34 • 29/01

Haykakan Zhamanak: Winter weather poses drought threat

08:22 • 29/01

Amal Clooney condemns Turkey for hypocrisy in Armenian Genocide trial

18:46 • 28/01

Arstakh to live in peace soon - Tsvetana Paskaleva

18:23 • 28/01

'World can cut carbon emissions and live well'

18:01 • 28/01

Army’s duty to rebuff enemy’s attacks – NKR defense minister

17:32 • 28/01

Azerbaijan will lose war of acts of sabotage as well – Serzh Sargsyan

17:07 • 28/01

ECHR Grand Chamber completes hearing of Perinçek vs. Switzerland case

16:36 • 28/01

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs well aware Azerbaijani president under pressure

16:15 • 28/01

Ukraine conflict: US warns of more sanctions on Russia

15:55 • 28/01

Non-recognition of Armenian Genocide led to Holocaust – statement