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The ex-mayor of Yerevan promised to raise the banner of protest after the rise in fare prices

Caucasus (bbabo.net), - The Armenian authorities gave an extra political bonus to the ex-mayor of Yerevan Hayk Marutyan, depriving him of his mandate in the Council of Elders (legislative assembly) of Yerevan. Political scientist Suren Surenyants shared this opinion during a press conference at the Sputnik Armenia multimedia center today, February 8.

What happened the day before at the meeting of the “Yerevan parliament” could become an impetus for internal political processes, he believes.

From the rostrum of the capital's legislative assembly, the former mayor said that local authorities intend to increase fees for using public transport, and therefore promised to organize actions of disobedience. At the same time, Marutyan emphasized that these protest events should be expected no earlier than September of this year, when the municipal authorities planned to increase the cost of transport services for Yerevan residents.

His chances are very serious; experience shows that in Armenia they perceive social problems with much more emotionality than the same loss of Nagorno-Karabakh, Surenyants notes.

“Increasing transport fares hits people’s pockets directly, unlike the loss of Nagorno-Karabakh, unfortunately. Hayk Marutyan hit the nail on the head with his speech and promise to bring people to the streets. Maybe this will work. Marutyan also said that he would take part in the parliamentary elections (2026). The question arises: by depriving Marutyan of his mandate, they harmed him or, on the contrary, helped him,” said the political scientist.

In general, what happened the day before at the mayor’s office was “a gross deviation from the norms of democracy,” he is sure. Political forces that talk about Western values from morning to night wipe their feet on these values. In this case, we are talking about the “Civil Contract” and the “Republic” party (they are in a coalition in the Council of Elders of Yerevan. - Ed.), Surenyants explains.

According to him, it is absurd to deprive people of their mandate for absenteeism, despite the fact that these people used a very common method of political struggle - boycott.

As bbabo.net reported, the Council of Elders of Yerevan at a meeting on February 7 deprived Hayk Marutyan and two other oppositionists of their mandates, citing their numerous absences for unexcused reasons.

It should be noted that in July 2013, at the beginning of Serzh Sargsyan’s second presidential term, mass protests took place in Yerevan in connection with the decision to raise public transport fares from 100 to 150 drams. Having encountered active civil resistance, the authorities then abandoned this idea. Nowadays, the current “city fathers,” according to informed sources, have planned to raise this level to 180 drams ($ 0.45) and introduce a non-cash form of payment, while indicating that the rise in price will occur following an increase in the quality of services on public transport, and not in front of him, as their predecessors sought in the summer of 2013.

The ex-mayor of Yerevan promised to raise the banner of protest after the rise in fare prices