General Vicar of Armenian Patriarch of Turkey Archbishop Aram Ateşyan announced that he resigned in a meeting with some foundation executives and benefactors. Ateşyan also sent an official letter to Değabah Bekçiyan, informing that Bekçiyan has the responsibility to carry out the election process and he will hand over the administrative duties. It is expected that the process will accelerate now.
Led by Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II, the meeting of Supreme Religious Council was held in Moscow. In the concluding statement made after the meeting, a call concerning patriarchal election is made.