The meetings on patriarchal election in Etchmiadzin have ended. It is expected that a değabah (trustee) will be chosen on March 15 and Ateşyan will resign.
What does Armenian society think about the crisis in the patriarchal election?
Bedros Şirinoğlu, Efrim Bağ, Harun Keçecioğlu, Melkon Karaköse, Sebu Aslangil, Nurhan Çetinkaya and Toros Alcan told about February 16 protocol, which triggered the debate in Armenian society of Turkey.
This week, Agos headlined the crisis in the patriarchal election and the meeting that was held last week and caused a chaos. We are reminding the unanswered questions concerning the secret meeting.
Bishop Sahak Maşalyan, General Vicar of the Patriarch Aram Ateşyan and Primate Diocese of the Armenian Church of Germany Karekin Bekdjian will come together with Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II in Etchmiadzin in Armenia. The meetings are expected to start on Thursday.
Patriarchate of Armenians of Turkey made a statement on the process of election a week after the eruption of the crisis.
Nor Zartonk made a statement on the crisis concerning the patriarchal election that started with the resignation of Sahak Maşalyan. Stating that the protocol signed in the secret meeting is invalid for Armenian society, Nor Zartonk urged Ateşyan to resign and demanded institutions managed by “wealthy men” become transparent and accountable.
After Maşalyan's resignation, a protocol was issued in a secret meeting that was held before the meeting of VADİP (Cooperation and Consultation Platform for Foundations), foundation chairs and executives. Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II made a statement on the recent developments. Catholicos stated that the protocol is against the traditional procedure.
After the resignation of Sahak Maşalyan, the head of the Clerical Assembly, the debate on election continues. The date is set for the election, but the reactions don't stop.
Deadlock of patriarchal election caused a crisis in the patriarchate. Head of Clerical Assembly Bishop Sahak Maşalyan released a written statement today and announced that he has resigned.