ArmInfo. Former mayor of Yerevan, candidate for mayor from the National Progress party Hayk Marutyan announced the possibility of cooperation with the Public Voice party and the Mother Armenia bloc.
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. Thus, the authorities have only 24 mandates, Marutyan noted.
"Previously, we made a proposal to the opposition forces, regardless of political views, to present a united front, elect one candidate, thus depriving the government of the possibility of reproduction," he pointed out. Only "Public Voice" responded to the proposal - with some reservations - and the "Mother Armenia" bloc - on the condition that a single candidate would support a change of power in the country. The silence of the Republic party speaks of its plans to act together with the party in power, Marutyan added. But even in this case, the authorities will have 32 mandates, and they need 33 to elect their candidate as mayor.
"The Public Voice" is ready to cooperate on the condition that they are given the position of head of the supervision department," Marutyan noted. According to him, without in any way opposing this, it should be taken into account that this position is considered a public one, appointment to which can only be by competition, and not by appointment of the mayor. Consequently, he cannot promise it to any force, or sign a document granting this position to any political force - he can only promise that he will announce a competition, and if a representative of the "Public Voice" party wins, he will be appointed to this position. At the same time, he proposed creating an investigation commission in the Council of Elders, headed by the Public Voice party.
If, however, these agreements do not work, new elections to be held, he noted. Then the opposition needs to 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. Based on their results, a Council of Elders of 65 members will be formed, who, in turn, will elect the capital's mayor for a period of 5 years.