YEREVAN–On April 9, thousands gathered in Freedom Square in Yerevan for Raffi Hovannisian’s alternative inauguration, where he took an oath to reclaim the people’s rights and to work toward victory.
Hovannisian proclaimed the people’s victory by rejecting the current regime and pledging to work alongside the people to create a new Armenia. Meanwhile, at the Karen Demirchian Sports Complex in Yerevan, Serge Sarkisian took his oath of office by pledging to uphold the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Armenia.
Calling Sarkisian’s event a fake inauguration and belittling the gathering, Hovannisian urged the people to continue their fight, which he said began on Feb. 18, the day of the elections, “but it does not end today on April 9.” “I reject any illegitimate authority,” said Hovannisian as he recited an oath, which was enthusiastically repeated by the crowd.
Hovannisian invited Sarkisian and Catholicos Karekin II to the square at 6 p.m. Yerevan time to join the people. He also announced that he would unveil his program and his team during a rally on Fri., April 12.
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