Parliament Debates Yerevan Mayor Election Bill

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Discussions of the bill on Local Self-government and Territorial Administration in the City of Yerevan as well as a package of amendmen’s to 21 valid laws proceeding from it continued Tuesday at the National Assembly.
If the bill is adopted, Yerevan will be given municipal status and will have a 65-member city council with an elected Mayor. The proposed changes were required by the constitutional amendmen’s made in 2005.
According to the bill, Yerevan will include the same 12 administrative districts.
The city council will be elected through a proportional system, while the Mayor will be elected in an indirect election. If any one political party receives a majority of the seats in Yerevan’s city council, the top candidate of the ruling party will be the Mayor of Yerevan. If no party receives a majority in the city council, the election of the mayor will be conducted between the factions comprising the city council. The candidate, who receives the majority of the total number of councilors’ votes, will be elected.
According to the new law, the Yerevan Mayor must be a member of the Council of Elders; be at least 30 years of age; and be an Armenian citizen who does not have citizenship in another country. The mayor will serve the same four-year term as the Council of Elders.

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