Two weeks before Armenia's presidential vote, two key opposition candidates and a prominent opposition party leader are in talks about a possible merger. If a unified candidate emerges from those discussions, Armenia's February 19 election could prove uncharacteristically competitive.
On February 1, former president Levon Ter-Petrosian told voters in Vanadzor, Armenia's third largest city, that an opposition merger may be in the offing. Specifically, he hinted that fellow presidential candidate Artur Baghdasarian, a former parliamentary speaker, and Heritage Party leader Raffi Hovannisian, would join forces with his presidential campaign. "If we say that there are serious grounds for saying that they will unite, then they are indeed quite serious," Ter-Petrosian campaign spokesperson Arman Musinian told EurasiaNet. "Negotiations are underway and details of the format of unification will be clear in the coming days."
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Marianna Grigoryan is a reporter for the ArmeniaNow.com weekly in Yerevan.