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Mayor quits after seating scuffle

The powerful Mayor of Yerevan, the Armenian capital, has resigned after fighting with an aide to President Serzh Sargsyan over seating at a concert by the Spanish tenor Placido Domingo.

Local media said Gagik Beglaryan beat up the presidential protocol aide Aram Kandayan a day after the concert on 3 December. Mr Kandayan had asked Mr Beglaryan's wife to change seats after she sat next to Mr Sargsyan.

The mayoral website confirmed Mr Beglaryan, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party, had resigned.