Rumor or Reality?: Speculations predict return of Sukiasyan to parliament race

Rumor or Reality?: Speculations predict return of Sukiasyan to parliament race

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Khachatur Sukiasyan

With speculation of every sort flying ahead of the May 6 parliamentary elections, rumors have circulated in Yerevan that former MP Khachatur “Grzo” Sukiasyan will announce his candidacy.

Sukiasyan fled Armenia in March, 2008, as he was wanted by authorities, alleged to have been responsible for inciting violence that led to the 03/01 deaths and mass disturbance. Sukiasyan later returned to Armenia and turned himself into police, but was released shortly. The case against him was eventually closed. Sukiasyan was a staunch supporter of opposition presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrosyan and the post-election closure of some of his businesses was seen by Sukiasyan associates as persecution from the current government regime. Once a very public figure, the businessman has rarely been seen in Armenia in the past four years.

According to a report in the oppositional “Hraparak” newspaper, a spokesperson for Sukiasyan’s SIL Group company said the tycoon will announce his candidacy upon return from a present business trip to China. The paper also quoted his brother as confirming Sukiasyan’s intentions.