YEREVAN (RFE/RL and ArmeniaNow) — President Serge Sargisian has signaled his readiness for dialogue with his hunger-striking election challenger, Raffi Hovannisian.
The presidential press service made public a letter from Sargisian to Hovannisian on March 25.
He urged Hovannisian to stop his two-week-long hunger strike and engage in talks.
Sargisian’s message was in response to a letter from Hovannisian on March 22.
The earlier letter had offered recognition of Sargisian’s victory in the February 18 presidential poll in exchange for a promise that parliamentary elections would be held by the end of the year.
Hovannisian had also demanded electoral reforms and the right to select officials for several key government positions.