Istanbul Governorship has interfered the patriarch election process. The Armenian Patriarchate has been notified with the letter sent by Deputy Governor of Istanbul and in the letter said that starting the election process is not “legally” possible.
General Assembly of the Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey gathered today for the “değebah” selection which will manage the patriarch election process. After the selection, Aram Ateşyan shared a message with press, which delivered from Governorship. It is said that, ‘starting the election process is not legally possible.’
In the letter signed by Aziz Mercan, Deputy Governor, said that, “Considering the problems which was occurred in meeting at Patriarchate on February 16, 2017, this election process could cause unrest in the community and Patriarchal Vicar is still on duty. Also, procedures and principles about patriarch election is well-known in your community. In this context, it is evaluated that starting the election process is not legally possible.”
After this letter sent by Governorship, Religious Council of the Armenian Patriarchate had a new meeting. A written statement on the latest circumstances is expected.
On the other hand, Armenian-origin parliamentarians in the parliament, Garo Paylan (HDP) and Selina Doğan (CHP) criticized this interference.
“We don’t and must not accept this coup,” Paylan said. “After all, degebah election was made. We all must celebrate the winner and we must speed up works for Patriarch election.”
Doğan said that there is no legal basis on this interference. “If there is a concern, then they should pay attention to reactions from the community and not interfere this process. But this interference made the process more complex.”