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    Archbishopric elections set for December 18, Russian Orthodox Christians excluded

    Archbishopric elections will be held as planned on December 18 but without foreign Orthodox Christians living in Cyprus allowed to cast a vote, Philenews reported on Tuesday.

    This is a decision taken after a snap Holy Synod meeting on Monday and basically means that the island’s big Russian community will be excluded from the elections.

    The decision of the Holy Synod was taken by the majority in the absence of Bishop Tamasos Isaias, who is currently visiting the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the invitation of Patriarch Bartholomew.

    He did not assign a representative at Monday’s meeting. Unlike Bishop of Limassol Athanasios who was absent because he is positive for coronavirus but authorized Bishop Amathountos to vote in favor or against the amendment.

    Only the Bishop of Kyrenia Chrysostomos voted against it.

    Bishop Giorgios of Paphos who is the caretaker of the Church said those Orthodox Christians who are registered to vote will do so.

    And that Cypriots that have yet to register can apply because the timeframes allow for Cypriots to register.

    For foreigners, however, their documents would have to be examined, and there is no time.

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