Armenian president visits wounded presidential candidate in hospital

2013-02-01 15:07:03 GMT2013-02-01 23:07:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

YEREVAN, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan visited presidential candidate Paruir Hairikyan, wounded in an assassination attempt, at the St. Grigor Lusavorich Hospital on Friday, local median reported.

Armenian Health Minister Derenik Dumanyan and other officials were seen accompanying the president to visit Hairikyan, the leader of the Union of National Self-Determination Party.

Shortly before midnight Thursday, a gunman shot Hairikyan in an apparent assassination attempt. Hairikyan was immediately taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds near his shoulders.

Hairikyan is in stable condition. Police have launched a criminal investigation on the incident.

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