Yerevan’s Mayor Gagik Beglarian has resigned amid rumors that he has severely beaten up a staff member from Presidential administration.
The rumors are, that the Mayor has beaten up Armen Kandaian, an official responsible for Protocol and Ceremonial Services within the Presidential administration, because the latter had asked Beglarian’s wife to change her seat during a world-famous opera star Plácido Domingo’s December 3 concert in Yerevan’s Karen Demirchyan Sport and Concert Complex.
While refusing to comment, whether Mayor’s resignation was related to the above-mentioned incident, President Serzh Sargsian’s spokesman Armen Arzumanian has confirmed, that an incident took place.
“Yes, sadly, such an incident did happen. But the media have exaggerated it,” Arzumanian said, adding, that no “severe” beating or “taking Kandaian hostage” happened. President’s spokesperson added, that “such behaviour is unacceptable.”