Levon Ter-Petrosyan clarifies why doesn’t want to run for president

Levon Ter-Petrosyan clarifies why doesn’t want to run for president
# 25 December 2012 10:29 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Ex-president and current leader of the opposition Armenian National Congress (ANC) Levon Ter-Petrosyan has bowed out of the unfolding presidential race, arguing that his age of 68 no longer made him fit to stand for president.


“Dozens of arguments are being put forward by those advocating and opposing my nomination, but the most important argument has been avoided. Can anyone who has respect for his people vie for a presidential post at the age of 68? Such things usually do not happen in developed democratic countries,” said Ter-Petrosyan, APA reports quoting ArmeniaNow.

The opposition leader said there could be exceptions to this, though, for example, when a country is facing external threats or has a “chaotic” condition inside, but he added that he did not regard the situation in Armenia to be such.

“In Armenia, there is neither a chaotic state nor lack of government. On the contrary, the problem is in the presence of too heavy government when everything is concentrated in the hands of few criminals who have usurped power,” said Ter-Petrosyan.

In the interview Ter-Petrosyan said that a person of his age could not possibly have the energy of a man aged 40-60, which he described as perhaps the optimal age for a person seeking to become president.

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