Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blasts Hit Offices Of Armenian Pro-Presidential Party

YEREVAN, April 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) --- Two explosions ripped through the offices of the pro-presidential Prosperous Armenia party early this morning in Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reported.

No one was injured in the blasts, which caused damage to two of the party's offices in the north of the Armenian capital.

"We think that this provocation was aimed at creating a tense political situation," Prosperous Armenia spokesman Baghdasar Mherian told RFE/RL. "Prosperous Armenia declares that it is against extremists and calls on everyone to conduct its political battle in a civilized way."

Mherian said the party has not been receiving any threats.

Armenian President Robert Kocharian ordered law enforcement agencies to swiftly investigate the incident.

Prosperous Armenia was founded in 2005 by wealthy businessman Gagik Tsarukian and backs the president.

It is tipped to be the leading challenger to the ruling Republican Party in the May parliamentary elections.

Tensions between the two rival parties have increased in recent days, with scuffles reported between campaigning activists.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.



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