According to the RA law on local governance article 46 snap elections for mayor are held within the terms defined by the elders’ council but no later than within a month.
The council of elders is comprised of 3 political forces – RP, Yelq alliance and Yerkir Tsirani. To this point it is not certain whether Yelq faction will nominate a candidate or favor new elders’ elections.
At July 11 discussion on New Situation following Taron Margaryan’s Resignation: Who is the New Candidate Davit Khazhakyan, head of Yelq faction said that they have not had discussions yet regarding that, though each member of Yelq faction that conforms with mayor requirements can best manifest themselves in the role of mayor.
The speaker notes that there are 2 potential scenarios. First the elders council be dissolved within short time frames and snap elections for elders be held. That can happen if the factions do not nominate candidates or the nominated candidate does not get enough votes. In this case the government cuts down the term of elders’ authorities and appoints snap elders election within 30-40 days. According to Davit Khazhakyan possible term for this ti happen is September given the 73 day time frame following the resignation. The second scenario is to elect a mayor from the existing list of factions.
The media is circulating news following Taron Margaryan’s resignation that the candidate is Yelq factions’ secretary Tehmina Vardanyan. The latter denies being aware of such initiative and adds that her age does not comply with the requirements for mayor.
“To be honest I have no doubts neither facts. Among my friends we joke that it could have followed the appearance of Croatia’s president. As to me I have never expressed such a desire in the recent year”, Vardanyan says.
Davit Khazhakyan does not think that RP will nominate a candidate.
“I don’t think they have enough political resources to do that. That will be a mistake from political point of view because Taron Margaryan has resigned not as a person but as a republican. It is very difficult to choose an acceptable candidate among them. Whoever he or she may be the society will reject them. I don’t think they are ready to take such an ungrounded risk. I personally think that RP should refrain from nominating a candidate. In Yelq faction any candidate is ready to assume that reposnsiblity.”
Derenik Malkhasyan, Media Center project editor/coordinator.