Archbishop Aram Ateşyan, General Vicar of Armenian Patriarch of Turkey, resigned.
Yesterday, a meeting was held in the patriarchate with the participation of Değabah Bekçiyan, Archbishop Ateşyan and some lay representatives. Bekçiyan made a statement after the meeting, which Ateşyan didn't want to attend in the first place.
Bishop Sahak Maşalyan released a statement after the meeting at the governor's office concerning the patriarchal election.
Değabah Karekin Bekçiyan released a written statement. He urged the clerics who voted for him to stand up for their votes and asked for the support of the representatives of the Armenian society.
Değabah and Armenian Primate of Germany Archbishop Karekin Bekçiyan has been in Germany for a while. He announced that he'll be in Istanbul soon and stay in the patriarchate.
Istanbul Governor’s Office interfered in the patriarchal election. During the election of değabah, a notice signed by the deputy governor was sent to the patriarchate, claiming that starting the election process is “legally” impossible. Ateşyan and Maşalyan will try to meet with the governor and explain the process.
Emphasizing that the notice from the governor’s office rendered the patriarchate dysfunctional, His Eminence Sahak Maşalyan stated that a meeting should be held in governor’s office immediately, His Eminence Aram should resign and His Eminence değabah Karekin Bekçiyan should take up the position.
We went back to square one. We have the elected değabah His Eminence Bekçiyan and General Vicar of the Patriarch Ateşyan who is supposed to step down after the değabah is elected. And also we have important questions…
People are reacting against the interference of the governor’s office in the patriarchal election. Lawyer Sebu Aslangil stated that the notice of the governor’s office is unlawful.
Istanbul Governor’s Office interfered in the process of patriarchal election. In a notice sent to the patriarchate by deputy governor, it is stated that it is “legally” impossible to start the process.