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



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

09:13 • 26/05

B. B. King daughters claim musicians was poisoned

09:03 • 26/05

Hraparak: Kocharyan close ally’s daughter to head ministry department?

08:33 • 26/05

Russia launches massive air exercise

08:26 • 26/05

Asian shares turn higher as China rallies, dollar up

08:14 • 26/05

Deadly tornado hits Mexican city

21:40 • 25/05

Azerbaijan facing choice over Karabakh –NKR Foreign Ministry

21:26 • 25/05

Armenian-Czech relations discussed in Yerevan

21:00 • 25/05

Kim Kardashian wants to work with United Nations to be like Angelina Jolie

20:39 • 25/05

Locks of Mozart and Beethoven's hair expected to fetch £12,000 in auction

20:22 • 25/05

UN calls for more Nepal quake aid

20:12 • 25/05

Armenian president conducts working trip to regions (photos)

19:12 • 25/05

Power surge to hit canned food production the most - MP

18:39 • 25/05

Armenian president congratulates Jordan monarch on independence day

18:27 • 25/05

Turkish city to name park after Dink

18:09 • 25/05

Serzh Sargsyan extends independence day greetings to Argentine leader

17:59 • 25/05

Forget large busts and long legs: What men really look for in women

17:46 • 25/05

Armenian defense minister pledges efforts to maintain peace in Karabakh

17:16 • 25/05

Football: Madrid to announce Ancelotti exit

17:08 • 25/05

Nagorno-Karabakh president chairs Security Council meeting

16:56 • 25/05

Most of Armenia’s schools face seismic safety problems – minister

16:47 • 25/05

Minister forecasts progress in development sector

16:30 • 25/05

Saddam-era general killed by Iraqi troops in Tikrit

16:24 • 25/05

Greek debt negotiations weigh on European stocks

16:01 • 25/05

Minister promises solution to housing problem in earthquake zone by 2016-2017

15:50 • 25/05

Handful of walnuts a day could keep cancer away, study finds

15:42 • 25/05

By destroying Juga cross-stones Azerbaijan showed its true colors – Eduard Sharmazanov

15:30 • 25/05

Picasso granddaughter to sell artist’s ceramics collection

15:30 • 25/05

Armenia’s Ministry of Finance implements equal policy to all businesses – minister

15:19 • 25/05

Armenia to train its first ever e-governance specialists

14:42 • 25/05

Lavrov reaffirms support to Karabakh settlement

14:07 • 25/05

Armenian education minister rules out university transfer plan

13:44 • 25/05

IDeA and Caucasus Nature Fund to cooperate to promote ecotourism in Dilijan

13:32 • 25/05

Conditional release more effective than amnesty – minister

13:22 • 25/05

Kourtney Kardashian Joins Scott Disick for Birthday Celebration in Las Vegas

13:12 • 25/05

Armenia’s cabinet discusses budget performance

12:52 • 25/05

Steady progress most important for education – minister

12:24 • 25/05

All-Armenian Fund sponsored kindergarten renovation project in Sasounik community

11:48 • 25/05

Hundreds call for Hagia Sophia to be turned into mosque in Istanbul rally

11:29 • 25/05

Yerevan mayor attends gala concert in Saint Petersburg

11:12 • 25/05

Japan shares hit 15-year high on trade data

10:56 • 25/05

Azerbaijan does not need settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict – Karen Bekaryan

10:30 • 25/05

Iran denies agreement on military site inspections

09:18 • 25/05

Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool boss accepts he is under pressure

09:01 • 25/05

European Games in Baku as disgraceful as Olympic Games in Nazi Germany – David Babayan

08:45 • 25/05

Poland election: President Komorowski concedes to rival Duda

08:32 • 25/05

Cannes Palme d'Or awarded to French film Dheepan

08:16 • 25/05

'Beautiful Mind' mathematician John Nash killed in crash

07:58 • 25/05

EU citizens not eligible for referendum vote, says No 10

15:44 • 24/05

Russian-Azerbaijani naval exercise not to be aimed at Armenia – ex-minister of defense

15:22 • 24/05

Greece 'cannot afford IMF repayment' in June – minister

14:50 • 24/05

Fewer students has positive aspects as well – Manuk Mkrtchyan

14:24 • 24/05

Malaysia finds 'migrant' mass graves near Thai border

13:42 • 24/05

Turkish police injured in clashes over Morsi death sentence

12:17 • 24/05

Iran says OPEC unlikely to change output ceiling: Mehr news agency

11:53 • 24/05

Nepal earthquake: People flee as landslide blocks river

11:21 • 24/05

Constitutional reforms too early in Nagorno-Karabakh – opinions

10:33 • 24/05

Eurovision Song Contest: Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins

10:19 • 24/05

Church in Ireland needs 'reality check' after gay marriage vote

15:12 • 23/05

Karabakh conflict settlement priority for Russia - statement

14:45 • 23/05

US Senate blocks NSA surveillance

14:31 • 23/05

We need joint efforts to combat crimes against humanity – Armenian parliament official

13:58 • 23/05

Turkey arrests French citizen bound for Syria

13:28 • 23/05

Armenia may be cooperation platform between EU and EEU - analyst

12:49 • 23/05

‘Inadvertent’ e-mail reveals Bank of England’s EU exit project

12:41 • 23/05

Sugababes star Heidi Range announces engagement to Alex Partakis

12:30 • 23/05

US rates may go up this year, says Fed. Reserve chief

12:15 • 23/05

UN Security Council condemns ISIL seizure of Syria’s Palmyra

12:00 • 23/05

Armenian economist positive about economic growth

11:02 • 23/05

Hraparak: Amnesty hopes not fading away

10:33 • 23/05

B. B. King last viewing draws over 1,000 fans to Vegas

10:22 • 23/05

I have always wanted to know about my geneology - Mary-Jean O'Doherty

10:10 • 23/05

Haykakan Zhamanak: CSTO military drills dear burden for Government?

09:57 • 23/05

RFE/RL Baku bureau claosed

09:43 • 23/05

Dark clouds over Turkey – The New York Time

09:33 • 23/05

Haykakan Zhamanak: Armenian ambassador to Ukraine doing well despite crisis

09:16 • 23/05

Armenia’s presence at Baku European Games ‘win-win for Sport’

09:07 • 23/05

Dozens killed in Mexico gang shoot-out

21:57 • 22/05

Armenian minister optimistic about EaP cooperation

21:09 • 22/05

Armenian MPs attend Cultural Week events in Tokyo

20:48 • 22/05

Eurovision 2015: Armenia expected to win song contest, according to The Guardian

20:34 • 22/05

Armenian-Mexican relations discussed in Yerevan

20:12 • 22/05

Armenian PM meets with winemakers to discuss development plans

19:35 • 22/05

Armenian pavilion opens in Vienna as Eurovision 2015 gets underway

19:11 • 22/05

Syrian-Armenians beset by financial concerns – diaspora minister

18:43 • 22/05

Moldova to host next Eastern Partnership summit

18:26 • 22/05

EU reaffirms respect for partners’ sovereign rights – EaP summit adopts joint declaration

17:42 • 22/05

EU, Armenia agree over future cooperation frameworks – European official

17:25 • 22/05

Declaration of Riga summit ready, wording on Crimea remains — Lithuanian president

17:13 • 22/05

Turkey facing identity crisis – Armenia’s diaspora minister

16:33 • 22/05

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: From Lisbon to Riga

16:07 • 22/05

Armenia-NATO cooperation in Armenia’s interests

15:46 • 22/05

Armenian lawmakers call for balanced policies between EU and Eurasian Union

15:25 • 22/05

Saudi Arabia: Suicide bomber strikes Shia mosque

15:10 • 22/05

Breaking news: Scandal at Eastern Partnership summit

15:00 • 22/05

Constitutional reforms not to serve political forces’ interests

14:44 • 22/05

Man Utd ‘plot £157.3m Real Madrid transfer raid to buy Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo’

14:32 • 22/05

Turkish women speak with ‘single voice’

14:20 • 22/05

Armenia’s authorities could easily reproduce with current Constitution – CC president

14:07 • 22/05

Armenia committed to design frameworks of new legal cooperation with EU partners - Serzh Sargsyan

13:52 • 22/05

Today marks Charles Aznavour’s birthday