ARMENIA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WOUNDED BY UNKNOWN GUNMEN

Reuters
Feb 1, 2013 - 00:41

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan
was wounded by unknown gunmen in the centre of the capital Yerevan
on Thursday night, but his life was not in danger, police said.

Hayrikyan is one of eight candidates in an election due to be held on
February 18 but is not seen as a strong challenger to the incumbent
Serzh Sarksyan, who is expected to be re-elected for the second
five-year term.

"(Unknown gunmen) were shooting at presidential candidate Paruyr
Hayrikyan ... Doctors say his life is not in danger," Vladimir
Gasparyan, the head of the country's police department, told reporters
at the hospital in comments aired by Shans TV.

(Reporting by Hasmik Lazarian; Writing by Margarita Antidze in
Tbilisi; Editing by Alison Williams)