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Pashinyan expresses support for new Yerevan mayor: On October 13,  Friday Avinyan takes mayor`s office 

Pashinyan expresses support for new Yerevan mayor: On October 13,  Friday Avinyan takes mayor`s office 

ArmInfo.The RA government will continue to support the mayor of Yerevan and the Council of Elders  for the sake of the capital and the people of Yerevan, said Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. New mayor of Yerevan, Tigran Avinyan, took the oath of office on Friday, October 13,  at the inauguration ceremony in the capital's administration.

According to the Prime Minister, despite the fact that the entire  electoral process was tense, the elections to the Council of Elders  of Yerevan showed the irreversibility of democracy in the Republic of  Armenia.  "These elections once again confirmed our commitment to the  values of the non-violent, velvet revolution of 2018," he said.

As the head of the Cabinet of Ministers indicated, a new model of  governance is being introduced in Yerevan - a coalition of the ruling  Civil Contract and the Republic parties will govern the capital. This  will bring a new political culture, the prime minister believes.   Taking the oath and powers of the mayor of the capital of Armenia,  Avinyan pledged to follow the Constitution and laws, implement the  decisions of the Council of Elders of the city, conscientiously  fulfill his duties, work daily for the well-being of the city  residents, and protect the legitimate interests of the citizens.  The  ceremony is attended by Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia  Nikol Pashinyan, President of the Republic of Armenia Vahagn  Khachaturyan, Deputy Prime Minister Mher Grigoryan, Secretary of the  Security Council Armen Grigoryan, as well as ministers, MPs  from the  ruling Civil Contract party, representatives of international  organizations accredited in Armenia ambassadors. At the same time,  Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II is not present at the  ceremony; the ceremony is attended by the Primate of the Ararat  Patriarchal Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop  Navasard Kchoyan. But for the first time, journalists were not  allowed into the capital's administration building.  Following the  results of the elections to the Council of Elders of Yerevan, held on  September 17, the mandates of the newly elected Council were  distributed as follows: Civil Contract - 24 mandates, National  Progress - 14 mandates, Mother Armenia - 12 mandates, Republic - 8  mandates, Public Voice - 7 mandates.  On October 10, following the  results of voting in the newly elected Council of Elders of the  capital of Armenia, Tigran Avinyan became the new mayor of Yerevan.  In total, 37 members of the Council out of 65 took part in the  voting. At the session, only the representative of the ruling "Civil  Contract" party Tigran Avinyan was nominated, 32 members of the  Council for him, and 5 members voted against him.

As expected, the Republic and Public Voice parties supported the  election of Avinyan as mayor. The latter, by the way, constantly  positioned itself as an opposition political force.

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