Bishop Sahak Mashalian elected Istanbul’s Armenian patriarchal locum tenens

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Bishop Sahak Mashalian has been elected a patriarchal locum tenens in the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul, Agos reported.

On July 4 the election a patriarchal locum tenens was held in the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul.

There were two candidates – Archbishop Aram Ateshyan and Bishop Sahak Mashalian.

According to Agos, Mashalian received 13 votes, whereas Ateshyan – 11 votes.

On March 8, 2019, Patriarch Mesrob II died in Istanbul after being more than a decade in a dementia-related coma.

An election of a patriarchal locum tenens was scheduled to take place on June 27, but it was delayed until July 4 based on the letter received from the Istanbul Governor’s Office.

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