Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Jail or Parliament For Armenian Journalist?

Posted by Info on 05/11/2009

Jailed Armenian opposition newspaper editor Nikol Pashinian says he will run as a candidate for parliament.
Pashinian, 34, is currently on trial for his alleged role in antigovernment protests following the March 2008 presidential election.

Pashinian plans to contest a parliament seat in a by-election in a constituency recently vacated by Khachatur Sukiasian, a businessman and supporter of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. Sukiasian went into hiding in the aftermath of the postelection unrest, surrendered to authorities in September and resigned his parliament seat.

Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) alliance suppor Pashinian’s bid and pledged to work to secure his election. HAK had earlier refused to support another opposition figure, Suren Sureniants, who also intended to run for parliament in the same constituency. Five people have applied to run in the race, which is scheduled for January 10.

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