By Nane Atshemian
Yerevan Mayor Yervand Zakharian declared on Monday that he and the capital’s communities support the constitutional changes and will do everything for the residents of Yerevan to say “Yes” to the constitutional amendments in the referendum due on November 27.
“The amended constitution also speaks about Yerevan’s status. It proposes considering Yerevan as a community and making the mayor an elected post,” said Zakharian. “As far as I know, an overwhelming majority of Yerevan residents are for their mayor to be elected. It is another reason for them to take an active part in the referendum and say ‘Yes’.”
At his previous press conference Zakharian spoke in favor of electing the capital’s mayor not directly, but through local councils.
The amended constitution makes a reservation regarding the mechanism of electing Yerevan’s mayor and makes it subject to a law to be adopted later.
According to Zakharian, the municipality will give permissions to those who wish to campaign for or against the constitution within the limits of the law.
At Monday’s press conference the mayor also spoke of the conflict around the construction near the House of Chamber Music, giving assurances that the construction works are now suspended.
A group of intellectuals last week organized an action of protest against the construction of a new restaurant in the close vicinity of the House of Chamber Music.
The mayor reminded that the plan of further construction was put up in the area four months ago when the decision about the construction in 15 percent of the area was made. He said neither the staff of the House of Chamber Music, nor residents of the area had responded to it during the four months.
“Despite all this, seeing the situation the municipal authorities decided to suspend all construction works to consider and discuss all proposals and complaints from the House’s management with the chief architect and the developer,” said Zakharian. “If there are certain proposals from the House’s administration corresponding to the norms by which we are guided, they will be discussed once again and will be taken into consideration.”