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Former Armenian President To Unveil New Political Program

Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian speaks to supporters on January 8.
YEREVAN -- Former Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian told some 2,000 supporters in Yerevan today that he will unveil a "clearer and more comprehensive political program" on March 1, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

Ter-Petrossian was campaigning in the capital on behalf of Nikol Pashinian, an imprisoned member of his Armenian National Congress and a candidate in a Yerevan by-election for parliament on January 10.

Pashinian went into hiding after the violence that broke out in Yerevan on March 1, 2008, as police clashed with Ter-Petrossian supporters protesting the perceived rigging of the presidential election on February 19. According to official results, then-Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian defeated Ter-Petrossian to win that ballot with almost 53 percent of the vote.

Pashinian turned himself in to police last year. He is currently on trial on charges of organizing violence after the protests.

Ter-Petrossian did not spell out details of his new political program, but said it "cannot fail to have an impact in the course of this year."