Yerevan’s New Mayor Sworn In

YEREVAN (ARKA)—Yerevan’s newly elected Mayor, Karen Karapetian, was officially sworn into office on Monday at a special inaugural ceremony presided over by President Serzh Sarkisian.

Taking the office, Karapetian swore to observe the country’s Constitution and its laws, the resolutions of the City Council and fulfill his duties for the sake of the city and its residents.

The new mayor is expected to soon present a new plan of actions to develop the city.

Karapetian, who has been chief executive of the Armenian-Russian joint venture, ArmRosGazprom, since 2001, was named candidate for the top city post by the Republican Party of Armenia to succeed Gagik Beglarian, a controversial mayor who resigned earlier this month after being embroiled in a high-profile scandal with the presidential administration.

In what was largely a rubberstamp vote by the Council of Elders, an elected body of representatives in Yerevan, Karapetian won the backing of 50 assemblymen, with only one voting against his candidacy.

The 47-year-old business manager was a candidate on the official Republican ticket during the disputed May 2009 municipal elections in which President Serzh Sarkisian’s ruling party achieved a landslide victory. Eventually, he did not enter the municipal body.

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