ArmInfo. Former mayor of Yerevan, candidate for mayor from the National Progress party Hayk Marutyan published a list of newly elected members of the Council of Elders of Yerevan from his party and expressed his position on creating a coalition with any political force.
<Dear Yerevan residents, I reaffirm my position. We exclude cooperation with the <Civil Contract> party. And the rest in the video.
What I declare was confirmed at a meeting of the newly elected faction of the National Congress party by unanimous vote.
Aram Manukyan>, he wrote on his Facebook page.
At the same time, in his video message, Marutyan stated that the Armenian authorities were defeated in these elections.
He recalled that there are 65 mandates in the Council of Elders, and they are distributed as follows. : "Civil Contract" - 24 mandates, "National Progress" - 14 mandates, "Mother Armenia" bloc - 12 mandates, "Republic" party - 8 mandates, "Public Voice" party - 7 mandates. Marutyan added that thus, the authorities have only 24 mandates.
Regarding the possibility of creating a coalition with other opposition political forces, pointing out that all four political forces that had passed the threshold had ideological and political differences, Marutyan offered himself as the mayor of Yerevan.
At the same time, he called on the rest of the opposition forces to support him without creating a coalition, ordinary and shadow agreements and preconditions as a representative of the opposition force that received the most votes, and to continue their activities in the opposition field.
According to him, in this way the "Civil Contract" will be deprived of power. If the opposition forces do not want to support this proposal, Marutyan proposed another option - new elections.
Marutyan said that the opposition can ensure that a quorum is not ensured at the first meeting for the mayoral election, for which purpose 33 members of the opposition factions of the Council of Elders will not take part in the meeting.
The elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan took place on September 17. According to the voting results, the ruling Civil Contract party and the leader of its list, Vice Mayor Tigran Avinyan, are in the lead in the mayoral elections of the Armenian capital, with 32.57% of votes. National Progress party, led by the former mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan, is in the second place with 18.89% of the votes. The "Mother Armenia" bloc, led by former MP Andranik Tevanyan, closes the TOP-3. According to preliminary data, the bloc receives 15.43% of the votes. The remaining political forces' votes were distributed as follows: "Public Voice" Party - 9.68% "Fair Armenia" Party - 1.12% "Victory" Party - 1.71% "Uzh Hayrenyats" Party - 0.74% European Party of Armenia - 1.11% "For Social Justice" Party - 0.34% "Republic" Party - 11.32% "United Armenia" Party - 0.55% "Bright Armenia" Party - 1.8% "Democratic Consolidation" Party " - 1.01% "Country to Live " Party- 3.64%. The Council of Elders of Yerevan consists of 65 members and elects the mayor for a term of 5 years.