Bishop Sahak Mashalian has been elected a patriarchal locum tenens in the Armenian Patriarchate of Istanbul, “Zhamanak” reported.
There were two candidates – Archbishop Aram Ateshyan and Bishop Sahak Mashalyan from whom Mashalyan received 13 votes, whereas Ateshyan received 11 votes.
The newspaper adds that on March 8, 2019, Patriarch Mesrob II passed away in Istanbul after being more than a decade in a dementia-related coma.
It should be reminded that in 2017 the elections of the patriarch of Constantinople were also held. Former leader of the Armenian Diocese of Germany Garegin Bekchyan was then elected.
But the official Ankara, ignored this choice of the Constantinople’s ecclesiastics and after some time of Bekchyan’s tenure he was declared invalid.