Parishes in Iran Granted Right to Convene Meetings

TEHRAN (Alik)–After 14 years–Armenian Apostolic parishes in Iran may hold annual meetings to elect delegates to the National Representative Assembly.

Armenian community member of parliament Dr. Levon Davtian told the IRNA news agency Tuesday–that because of contradictions in the Church by-laws and the Iranian Constitution–these meetings were prohibited from taking place for the past 14 years.

Davtian explained that talks between Armenian Prelacy officials and a commission on Article 10–the provision of the constitution which prohibited the meetings–resulted in a consolidation of efforts–based on which the right to parish assemblies was granted.

"Since the National Representative Assembly is the highest entity of the Armenian Prelacy–a severe need was felt for new election and the infusion of new blood in Prelacy activities," Davtian said.

"Based on this imperative–we agreed on several principles and discussion of other matters were postponed to a late date," concluded Davtian.

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