YEREVAN (RFE/RL) — A senior member of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s administration has effectively confirmed differences between the current ruling party and Yerevan Mayor Hayk Marutyan that opposition media have speculated on for months.
In an interview with RFE/RL’s Armenian Service (Azatutyun) on Sunday, June 27, Arayik Harutyunyan, chief advisor to the prime minister, denied, however, any ongoing discussions about the future of the mayor.
“It is very much regretful that Mr. Marutyan showed such an attitude before the elections, since the mayor, who was nominated by the Civil Contract party and My Step Alliance [of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan], did not express his public support for Civil Contract during the election campaign. I regret this, because the votes due to which Mr. Marutyan became the mayor of Yerevan, was largely for the political party that will now form the government for the second time,” Harutyunyan said.
The senior official said that no discussions were currently underway regarding the mayor, but added that members of the ruling party had the same attitude in this matter.
“We should understand how to act in such a situation in order to make decisions on this issue within our party, but so that the city and city authorities do not suffer from it,” Harutyunyan added.
Harutyunyan’s remarks sparked fresh speculations about Marutyan’s possible resignation.