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Candidate in Armenia's presidential election shot and wounded

In this photo taken on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2013, Paruir Airikian, candidate for the Armenian presidency, attends a news conference in Yerevan, Armenia. The longshot candidate for the Armenian presidency was shot in the chest by an unidentified gunman late Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 officials said. He was hospitalized in stable condition as police searched for the shooter, while the speaker of parliament suggested the election could be delayed. (AP Photo/News.am, Arsen Sarkisyan)
January 31, 2013 - 2:24 PM

YEREVAN, Armenia - A doctor says that a candidate in Armenia's presidential election has been shot and wounded.

Ara Minasian, the chief doctor of the Yerevan Clinical Hospital, said Paruir Airikian was shot by an unidentified gunman in the Armenian capital just before midnight Thursday. He said Airikian was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and is in stable condition.

Airikian is one of eight candidates in the Feb. 18 presidential vote, which incumbent Serge Sarkisian is expected to win. Airikian is expected to win only a few per cent of the vote, according to opinion surveys.

Police were searching for the gunman.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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