Yerevan City Council

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Yerevan City Council
Kev Muni.jpg
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Structure
Seats 65
Political groups
Republican Party (42)
Prosperous Armenia (17)
Barev Yerevan (6)
Committees 4
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
2013
Meeting place
Yerevan City Hall
Footnotes
www.yerevan.am

The Yerevan City Council is the lawmaking body of the city of Yerevan. It has 65 members elected by Party-list proportional representation system, headed by the Yerevan Mayor. The Council serves as a check against the mayor in a mayor-council government model.

The council monitors performance of city agencies and makes land use decisions as well as legislating on a variety of other issues. The City Council also has sole responsibility for approving the city budget and each member is limited to three consecutive terms in office and can run again after a four-year respite.

Elections[edit]

"Yerevan City Council elections are being conducted every four years with proportional lists of parties. The City Council has 65 members. The first person in the list of the party that has received more than 40% of seats is considered elected mayor. If the parties fail to gather so many votes, the mayor is being elected by City Council."[1]

Yerevan City Hall[edit]

The seat of the Yerevan City Council is the Yerevan City Hall located on Argishti street at the Kentron district, facing the Square of Russia, the House of Moscow and the Yerevan Ararat Wine Factory. The construction of the building was completed in November 2004 during the period of Mayor Yervand Zakharyan, with a cost of AMD 3.1 billion. It was originally designed by architect Jim Torosyan. The construction was set at the beginning of the 1980s but stopped in 1991 due to financial difficulties. It remained unfinished until August 2003 when the construction process was continued and completed within 15 months.[2]

The city hall is a five-story building with a total area of 13,500 m2. The main entrance is topped with the traditional Armenian symbol of endless circles representing the eternity and the ancient Armenian Kenats Tsar tree representing the life. It has a 47-metre-high rectangular clock tower with the word "ԵՐԵՎԱՆ" (YEREVAN) carved in Armenian script, decorated with traditional ornaments. The tower is surrounded with glassy walls at its top.[3] The Yerevan History Museum is located in an attached building just to the west of the city hall.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 40°10′29″N 44°30′15″E / 40.17472°N 44.50417°E / 40.17472; 44.50417