Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled that a 2017 administrative decision that refused two initiatives to elect a new patriarch for the Armenian Orthodox Church was a violation of the historic community's right of religious freedom.

Under Turkish law and patriarchate rules, a new patriarch could not be elected while his predecessor is alive, which has been the case since the statute came into effect under the former Ottoman Empire in 1863. The issue that pitted different groups within Turke...

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