The head of the Union of political scientists Hmayak Hovhannisyan considers the fact of political parties’ non-participation in the presidential election as a passive boycott. According to him, neither of the political forces specified the reason for not running in the elections and why they chose a passive boycott.
“Why has the Leo keeping giant suddenly went to Brussels in a good mood, where took place his benefit performance, where Fyole called him a really worthy presidential candidate? Why has he refused after coming back to Armenia and is tongue-tied now?” Asked the political scientist, adding that if it was a personal decision there should have been a reason.
He mentioned two possible reasons for that silence: either Tsarukyan was really exposed to terror, intimidation, or he is in some agreements.