ArmInfo.Compliance with the demands of protesters in Etchmiadzin is not within the scope of the mayor's authority. This June 16, during a press conference, the Mayor of Echmiadzin Karen Grigoryan said.
He noted that the mayor's powers are very limited, so he was in no way able to fulfill the demands made to him, since it is beyond his authority. "For example, I am accused of the fact that the roads around the city have not been paved for a long time, but this is not included in the authority of the mayor of Echmiadzin. There were discontent with the work of medical institutions, but they are subordinated to the Ministry of Health, the same concerns the work of the Water Resources Committee, "Electric Networks", to all this I also have nothing to do. The only thing I can do in this case is to talk with these organizations, express the will of the people, but nothing more. I am also accused of issues that took place before my election as Mayor of Echmiadzin, "he said.
At the same time, Grigoryan assured that he managed to do a lot for the city as mayor of Echmiadzin. "Many streets of the city were asphalted, new jobs were opened," said the mayor, while assuring that if his activities find omissions and illegal actions, he is ready to bear responsibility for this.
Concerning the ongoing searches of the National Security Service in his house and home of the criminal authority Don Pipo (Arthur Asatryan), Grigoryan stressed that if the NSS conducts inspections, it has grounds for doing so. At the same time the mayor added that he had nothing to fear. "The plenipotentiary structures thus show that, regardless of rank or position, every person, if he is under suspicion, must be searched. If it will be proved that I am guilty of something, I am ready to bear responsibility within the framework of the law, "the Mayor of Echmiadzin said.
In conclusion, Grigoryan noted that today at 17:00 an authorized meeting of his supporters will take place. He invited all his opponents to a rally for the peaceful resolution of existing problems.
To note, recently, rallies have been held in Echmiadzin demanding the departure of the mayor of the city Karen Grigoryan and his father, the Republican deputy, the head of the Yerkrapah Volunteer Union, General Manvel Grigoryan. Behind the protests are the well-known authority of Don Pipo (Arthur Asatryan) and also involved in various criminal histories, who served time as a former deputy and former Republican Hakob Hakobyan. According to ArmInfo, the NSS is currently conducting searches in the homes of Grigoryan, Asatryan, Hakobyan and other "prominent" residents of Echmiadzin.
Referring to the recent events in Echmiadzin, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, in particular, said that he would not allow under the guise of the "velvet revolution" various criminal elements to realize their plans. It is noteworthy that the mayor of Echmiadzin during the "velvet revolution" supported the oppositionists and even together with the people celebrated the victory of Nikol Pashinyan.