Former Armenian presidential candidate declares a hunger strike in protest against the results of the vote
The leader of the opposition "Heritage" party Raffi Hovhannisyan, running for the last presidential elections, declared a hunger strike in protest against the official results of the vote, RIA Novosti reported.
"Serzh Sargsyan must resign till April, 9 ((Inauguration day of Sargsyan). If on April 9 he pledged to our Constitution and the Holy Gospel, and Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II blessed him, he would do it on my dead body" - Hovannisian said at a rally of his supporters on Freedom Square in centre of Yerevan.
The Constitutional Court would consider the statements Hovannisian and another ex-candidate - Andreas Ghukasyan - on March 11. Ghukasyan took the election less than 1% of the vote.
Presidential elections were held in Armenia on Feb.18. Incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan won the presidential elections winning 58.64 per cent of the vote. The First Foreign Minister of Armenia Raffi Hovannisian ranked second winning 36.75 per cent, while former Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan ranked third after receiving 2.15 per cent of the vote.