Archbishop Karekin Bekçiyan, who elected as the değabah by the Clerical Assembly, made a statement about the notice from the governor’s office which states that “the election is legally impossible”.
The election of değabah (trustee), which is considered as the first step of patriarchal election, started in Istanbul.
In the process of patriarchal election, Armenian society waits for the değabah (trustee) election. The election will be held on March 15. The result is expected to be announced on the same day.
Metropolite of the Diocese of Gougark Archbishop Sebouh Chouldjian, one of the natural patriarchal candidates, spoke to Agos and stated that Armenian Primate of Germany Archbishop Karekin Bekdjian should be supported in değabah election. He also stated that he will come together with Armenians of Turkey as the patriarchal candidate.