“From this point on, as a businessman, I am putting a halt to all types of investment projects intended for the city of Goris. All projects are fully terminated, and there is no exception that there will be many cuts and reductions in employment. I don’t see a reason to continue this way. This is the last drop,” Tigran Karapetyan told the daily Zhamanak. Karapetyan’s comment was in response to Surik Khachatryan’s possible return as Syunik governor, June of last year when his friends, Avetik Budaghyan was killed and Artak Budaghyan was wounded near Khachatryan’s personal home.
Karapetyan and Ara Budaghyan, the second Budaghyan brother, ran against Khachatryan’s candidate during the Goris mayoral election this June. Both candidates, Budaghyan and Karapetyan, eventually resigned their candidacy and Republican Party candidate Vachagan Adunts won the election against another non-partisan candidate.
Karapetyan had declared that he would terminate his investments in Goris. Though, according to the daily, he has one worry after Khachatryan’s appointment, which is the destiny of his close supporters, “I know what’s going to happen, I know the next steps and there logic. We have repeatedly been witness to acts of revenge, we’ve lived in it. We’ve seen how they calmly fire people from their work, but the reasons now are simple, it’s political and nothing else.”
Recall, on Jun. 1, 2013, former Goris mayoral candidate Avetik Budaghyan was murdered outside the house of Syunik governor Surik Khachatryan, while Budaghyan’s brother, Colonel Artak Budaghyan, was wounded. Those accused for the murder and attack were Khachatryan’s son, Tigran Khachatryan, and bodyguard Zarzand Nikoghosyan.it_ebooks_pdfCharges against them were recently dropped based on the defendants’ argument of self-defense.