Armenia's government decided to terminate the powers of the Council of Elders of Yerevan, suspending the activities of the city’s municipality as well.
The country's Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Suren Papikyan said the Central Election Commission (CEC) will announce the date of early elections to the Council of Elders not earlier than 30 and not later than 40 days after the publication of the government's decision.
Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said the election will be the first election of this scale for the new government and expressed hope that everyone realizes that the polls must be legal, transparent and fair.
The elections to the Council of Elders are scheduled for September. Members of the Council will then elect a mayor during their first session. If a party participating in elections receives more than 50 percent of the seats in the Council, the person who tops its list of candidates is considered elected mayor, ARKA reported.