YEREVAN (A.W.)—A few hours after the official results of Armenia’s presidential election were released, a defiant Raffi Hovannisian gave a press conference saying that he will continue the struggle in the courtroom and in Freedom Square.
The opposition leader also made it clear during the press conference that he does not expect a quick and swift resolution to the post-election challenges. “This is not my struggle anymore, nor the struggle of my ‘team,’” he said. “Let people not think that this is an issue that will be resolved in a day,” arguing that creatively and collectively, he will continue the struggle.
“I am an Armenia-centric citizen,” said Hovannisian, adding that those who talk of leaders who are pro-Russia or pro-America will have to change their ways, or else the new generation will come and remove them from their posts.
Hovannisian stressed that the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and all those who took part in rigging the election must and will be held accountable. He also said those who try to impede the movement of the people will also have to answer for their actions. “I have to go to the place I please in Armenia to say barev [to greet] and thank the people,” he said.
The “barevolution” leader also said he will do his utmost to avoid scenarios that could lead to bloodshed. “I will not allow a single drop of blood to shed,” he noted, and cautioned the authorities not to confuse this with lack of resoluteness. “I won’t accept the citizen of Armenia to become a subject of mockery with these official results,” he said.