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Monday, November 18, 2013

BULGARIA: Elections for New Varna Metropolitan Bishop Rigged

Bulgaria: Elections for New Varna Metropolitan Bishop Rigged - Report 

The first round of elections for new metropolitan bishop of third largest Bulgarian city Varna has been unfairly conducted, according to a number of reports.

The first round vote, which took place Sunday, elected Bachkovo Monastery abbot Boris and little-known bishop Ignatius as contestants for the second round.

According to a publication by the Bulgarian religious website Dveri, the swiftness with which 17 of the 30 voters cast their ballots for this configuration shows that the vote might have been pre-arranged.
Internal rules of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church have it that at the first round metropolitan voters vote not for a personality but for a duo of individuals to compete at the second round.

Believers in Varna are gathering in protest at 4-6 pm Monday in front of the Dormition of Mary metropolitan cathedral in the city center.

Individuals have three days from Sunday to file complaints regarding the vote with the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

The position of Varna metropolitan bishop became vacated after the July mystery drowning death of controversial former bishop Kiril.

The Dormition of Mary metropolitan cathedral in Varna. File photo. - See more at:



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