Ethiopian Orthodox Church to elect 6th patriarch

Photo courtesy of Ethiopian News Agency (ENA)

Addis Ababa, February 08, 2013: The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church announced on Thursday (Feb.7) that the election of the 6th patriarch of the Church would be held on 28 February 2013.

In line with the decision of the Holy Synod, the Church has been making preparations by establishing an electoral committee comprised of 13 members from archbishops, church workers , administrators of churches and monasteries, Sunday Schools and Mahibere Kidusan.

In a press briefing the Electoral Committee led by Archbishop Abune Estiphanos of Jimma Diocese gave on the process of the election, it said the final election would be made by 800 people comprised of archbishops, administrators of churches and monasteries, the clergy, the laity, youths from Sunday Schools and Mahibere Kidusa.

Approved church members have the opportunity to propose a candidate they want by availing themselves personally until 15 February 2013, it was noted.

The Committee also said the laity abroad can propose candidates through fax numbers 0111567711 or 0111580540.

According to the time table set, the Electoral Committee would announce the final five candidates on 25 February 2013 in the presence of the Holy Synod.

Various bodies from within and outside Ethiopia would observe the election to be held on 28 February 2013.

The new patriarch would be officially sworn in on 3 March 2013, the Committee said.


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