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Armenian community of Istanbul requires new elections of Co-Patriarch

Armenian community of Istanbul requires new elections of Co-Patriarch

PanARMENIAN.Net - Turkologist Ruben Melkonyan said that the Armenian community of Istanbul has launched a signature collection to hold new elections of Constantinople Co-Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The community has already collected 2,500 signatures, Melkonyan told a press conference in Yerevan.

Тhe spiritual council of Constantinople Patriarchate of the Armenian Apostolic Church elected Patriarchal Locum Tenens, and not Co-Patriarch, as it was expected. The spiritual council consisting of 26 members has approved the candidacy of His Eminence Archbishop Aram Ateshyan by the majority of votes.

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Eduard Sharmazanov said Armenia is a parliamentary republic, and the people have elected the Republican Party.
"If the content has no fundamental changes and fails to present a realistic approach by sectors, we’ll be against it,” Vahe Enfiajyan said.
The ambassador hailed the activity of the Central Electoral Commission as efficient, but said there is still the problem of reliability.
“No elections will be held in 2018, the entire political spectrum has been formed in 2017,” Eduard Sharmazanov said.
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