Today at a meeting with journalists, the leader of the National Accord party, Armenian presidential candidate Aram Harutyunyan said that he will withdraw his candidacy on February 8, 1in.am reported.
Aram Harutyunyan will begin a hunger strike in front of the Central Election Commission at 5 p.m. on February 7 demanding the withdrawal of all presidential candidacies.
He believes that campaigning is meaningless in the upcoming presidential elections. Harutyunyan said that those who remain on the ballot are legitimizing the status quo. Withdrawal of their candidacies will mean that they are independent.
"The only solution is to leave Serzh Sargsyan as the only candidate," Aram Harutyunyan concluded.
The sixth presidential elections of Armenia will be held between 08:00 - 20:00 local time on Feb. 18, 2013. The head of state is elected for period of five years.
Those running for the presidency are the incumbent president and ruling Republican Party leader Serzh Sargsyan, former prime minister Grant Bagratyan, chairman of the Heritage Party Raffi Hovhannisyan, head of the Liberty Party Paruyr Hayrikyan, Arman Melikyan, Andreas Ghukasyan, Vardan Setrakian and the leader of the National Accord party Aram Harutyunyan.