On September 2, 2017, the Commission on Education, Culture and Social Affairs of the Council of Elders held a regular session to discuss a number of measures, including the proposal of the Yelk (Way out) faction to rename streets in the Armenian capital.
Eleven members of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) faction unanimously voted against the measure to rename Kasyan, Mikoyan, Frunze, Amiryan and Leningradyan streets, citing the absence of a public opinion survey. They added that they found it inexpedient to rename the aforesaid streets.
There was only one case when the four HHK representatives refused from the logic of the previously determined voting and refrained from renaming the street connecting Isakov Avenue with Leningradyan street after Monte Melqonyan.
Representatives of the Yelk faction empathized that with this attitude the HHK members are trying to avoid the responsibility for the implementation of the mandate given on May 14, as well as they make additional obstacles for the commission to exercise its authority, attempting to postpone the solution of the issue of serious public scrutiny. The members of the YELK faction also mentioned that some of the HHK representatives hadn’t examined the corroborations of the suggested measure. They simply followed their faction’s plan made in advance to overthrow the projects.
During the discussion, the Commission also agreed to discuss public opinion disclosure mechanisms in particular through the implementation of a local referendum, which is fixed in the Constitution of Armenia and the Law on Local Self-governance in Yerevan as a means of expressing public opinion.
Now the drafts will be included in the agenda according to the decision of Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan, in pursuance of the decision of Articles 20, 22, 27 of the Yerevan Council of the Elders՛ Decree on “Adoption of the Yerevan City Charter,” the YELK faction reports.