By Ruzanna Khachatrian
Several key factions of the Armenian parliament condemned on Tuesday what they described as an attempt on the life of a fellow deputy and demanded an official inquiry into the incident.
The legislator, Aramayis Aloyan, is said to have been shot at on May 10 as he campaigned for an upcoming local election in one of Yerevan’s administrative districts. He was not hurt.
A joint statement issued by several parliamentary parties, including the governing Republican Party (HHK) and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), linked the shooting to the fact that Aloyan is a candidate for next month’s election of the head of the local administration in the city’s Nork-Marash district. The statement said the law-enforcement authorities should investigate the incident and track down assailants.
The parties did not blame anyone for the attack.
Nominally an independent deputy, Aloyan has close ties with pro-establishment Orinats Yerkir party which also signed the statement.