YEREVAN, Armenia — A longshot candidate for the Armenian presidency was shot in the chest by an unidentified gunman late Thursday, 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.
Paruir Airikian was shot outside his house in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, just before midnight. A neighbor who heard gunshots and cries for help called the police.
Airikian is one of eight candidates in the Feb. 18 presidential vote, which incumbent Serge Sarkisian is expected to easily win. Opinion surveys show Airikian getting a small percentage of the vote.