My Step wins overwhelming majority of 65-seat City Council, Hayk Marutyan expected to take office as 55th Mayor of Yerevan
YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 24, ARMENPRESS. Three political forces have won seats at the Sunday Yerevan City Council election. The three include: My Step, the bloc which won a landslide victory, Proseprous Armenia Party and Luys (Light) bloc made it to the city council. Preliminary counts of all precincts shows a massive 81,06% victory for My Step. 294,109 people voted for the alliance. The Prosperous Armenia Party is the runner-up with only 6,95%, or 25,219 votes. Luys (Light) bloc won 4,99%, or 18,112 votes. In accordance to the electoral code, based on the preliminary results My Step will have 54 seats at the 65-seat City Council. Proseprous Armenia and Luys will have 6 and 5 mandates respectively. The final results of the election will be released by the central electoral commission on September 30. As required by law, the first session of the new city council after early elections is convened 10 days after the release of the final results, meaning on October 10. If a party garners more than 50% of seats at the city council, the number one candidate of the party list of the given political party is named the mayor-elect by virtue of law. Therefore, Hayk Marutyan from My Step is expected to be inaugurated as the 55th Mayor of Yerevan on October 10.
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On Friday, September 21, Armenians throughout the world are celebrating the 27th anniversary of Armenia's independence. With a unanimous national vote 27 years ago, the third Republic of Armenia was born on September 21, 1991, to give the Armenian people the right to build their future, be the masters of their land and regain statehood. Like in 1918, the new-born republic had to rebuild the state after the war. If the First Republic will be engraved on the national memory for the Sardarapat victory, the origin of the Third Republic is certainly bound with the liberation of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh).Now, Armenia is struggling to build a democratic state, form a civil society, improve the lives of its people. We’re assured that this struggle, like a struggle for the freedom of Artsakh will end with our victory.
Happy Independence Day, Armenia!
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FRESNO, Calif.—This year, on August 31, the 110th anniversary of famed author William Saroyan’s birth, a house-museum in his name opens its doors to visitors in Fresno, California, in the house that Saroyan spent the last two decades of his life. Visitors will be greeted by a hologram of Saroyan, and will bear witness to the author’s biggest digital archive, including exclusive pictures and graphics. Additionally, according to William Saroyan’s will, a research corner will be created.
In 2016, the “Renaissance” Cultural and Intellectual Foundation, founded by Arthur Janibekyan, purchased William Saroyan’s house and saved it from foreclosure. Since then, the Saroyan House Project was initiated, with the purpose of establishing a house-museum dedicated to the life and times of this great, Armenian icon.
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Preparations for the 2018 International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) Summit to be convened in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia, on Sunday were presented at the 34th OIF Ministerial Conference in Paris. The Foreign Minister of Armenia, Edward Nalbandian, submitted the respective information to the conference participants. On the recommendation of Armenia, it was decided to hold next year’s OIF summit on October 11 and 12. Also, the aforementioned ministerial conference approved “Living Together” as the slogan of this high-level meeting. Nalbandian informed that this slogan will be put on the basis of the Yerevan Pact to be proposed to the OIF. In addition, the ministerial conference discussants watched a film presentation on Armenia and regarding next year’s OIF summit. The 34th OIF Ministerial Conference unanimously approved all of Armenia’s proposals with respect to the holding of the summit in Yerevan.
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