Robert Kocharyan, the second president of Armenia, has stated that he will face Nikol Pashinyan, the incumbent prime minister, in the upcoming Armenian parliamentary elections on 20 June as the head of a multiparty bloc.
According to TASS News agency, speaking in an interview today (5 April) on Channel One Russia, the former Armenian president stated, “I led the country for 10 years, but I have been non-partisan. I will participate as the leader of a bloc of parties, most likely of two parties”. Kocharyan has not specified which parties will make up this bloc.
Kocharyan was the president of Armenia between 1998 and 2008. In recent months, he has alluded to the fact that he would take part in elections against Pashinyan, but this appears to be the first time he has confirmed his intentions since early elections were announced last month.