News > Pan-Armenian News (Traditional Parties) > ARF nominates Vahan Hovhannisian for President of Armenia
The Armenian Revolutionary Federation
's (ARF / Dashnaktsoutiun
) convention, held in Yerevan on 30 November 2007, nominated Armenian parliament deputy speaker Vahan Hovhannisian
as the party's candidate in the presidential election.
In a secret ballot, Vahan Hovhannisian received 60 votes, and Armen Rustamian gained 16, with three ballots deemed invalid. Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan and other officials were present at the convention.
ARF Supreme Body of Armenia said that 288,697 people participated in a public vote organised by the party beginning 24 November 2007. Hovhannisian received 53 percent and Rustamian 47 percent.
Rustamian said that while the public vote results were non-binding but the people's opinion was important.
"We are sure that people today do not trust a regime change that leads only to change of individuals. The people are also tired of keeping the power as an end in itself", Rustamian said.
"We have been waiting for this election for years and decades," ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovhannisian said. He pointed to the importance of the rule of law in any country.
He said that this balance has never existed in the past, neither during the Soviet rule nor during the rule of the Armenian Pan-National Movement.
He said it is important to form a political struggle because only that can help to have a government based on the rule of law and morality. And this is why the ARF is participating in the presidential election with its own candidate.
"We are not alone in our determination. There are political forces and individuals who adhere to those principles. Together we can reach our goals," Hovhannisian conculded.
Source: "Yerkir", 30 November 2007 (with adjustment)