Yerevan City Hall Works In Normal Regime Despite Mayor’s Resignation


December 10, 2010 – 18:43 AMT 14:43 GMT

On December 10, Yerevan city hall hosted as meeting led by the acting
Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan.

The meeting focused on discussion of work issues, with Margaryan
giving city economy as well as citizen requests-related assignments,
Yerevan Mayor’s Office press service reported.

Yerevan Mayor Gagik Beglaryan resigned his position on December 8. The
decision was prompted by the incident between the Mayor and employee
of the presidential staff’s protocol department Aram Kandayan.

The incident occurred on December 3, at Yerevan-hosted concert of
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo. Beglaryan’s spouse and her friend
took seats next to that of Armenian President’s, which, according
to the protocol, are meant for the Catholicos of All Armenians,
parliamentary speaker and Armenia’s Prime Minister. Aram Kandayan
asked Beglaryan’s wife to change her seat.

However, Mrs. Beglaryan, outraged by the request, complained about
it to her husband, who, in turn, asked the head of the presidential
staff Karen Karapetyan to set up a meeting with Kandayan. Beglaryan
drove Kandayan to the territory of Metaks factory, which belongs to
the ex-mayor, and severely beat him.

On December 9, Spokesman for the Armenian President Armen Arzumanyan
told journalists that the incident, indeed, took place. However,
according to him, there was neither abduction, nor severe beating.

From: A. Papazian