National Accord Party leader
A presidential candidate who answers his own campaign telephone, mathematician Aram Harutiunian is arguably one of the least well-known presidential contenders. Born in 1958 in the eastern town of Artashat, he spent eight years as a member of the National Self-Determination Union, led by Soviet-era dissident Paruir Hayrikian, before his exclusion from the group in 1999 after a falling-out with Hayrikian.
In 2000, he founded the National Accord Party. In 2003, he was nominated for the presidency, and his party was among the participants in the parliamentary elections of 2007, but, in both cases votes received were beneath one percent.
Harutiunian's modest election campaign suggests that he is short of money. His campaign fund, according to initial documents submitted to the Central Election Commission, amounted to 190,000 drams (about $610). The candidate's Yerevan office, his sole office, consists of a single room with his photos as wallpaper. In a January 2008 television interview, Harutiunian did not state why he is running for office, despite repeated questioning.
I'll be a president not only for everyone, but also for each [person].
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