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Turkish court rejects Armenians’ request to elect patriarch

17:01, 10.02.2011 Region: Armenia, Diaspora, Turkey Theme: Society

Turkey’s Council of State rejected an appeal of the “We want to elect our own patriarch” initiative group.

The high court said the issue fell outside of its jurisdiction, Hurriyet Daily News &Economic Review reported.

Last December the initiative group “We want to elect our own patriarch” organized a press conference, saying they want to elect a religious leader who will represent Armenian community.

Istanbul Armenians collected 5, 359 signatures to oppose Turkish Government’s decision appointing a patriarch vicar replacing current Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople Mesrob Mutafyan.

Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople Mersrob Mutafyan is permanently ill. He was elected patriarch for life in 1998 by the Armenian community. One group within the Armenian community considers they should elect a new patriarch, whereas another group, objects to this, saying it is against traditions to elect a new patriarch while the elected one is still alive.

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