Armenian MP proposes to put state protection to the Catholicos of all Armenians

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin IIArmenian MP proposes to put state protection to the Catholicos of all Armenians© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Deputy of the Armenian Parliament from the former ruling Republican party of Armenia Mihran Hakobyan announced that it has developed a bill providing for state protection of the Catholicos of all Armenians.

Earlier in July, protesters stormed the office building of the spiritual center of the Armenian Apostolic Church – mother see of Holy Etchmiadzin, requiring voluntary refusal Sana, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II. Police escorted them out of the building. Later, during the pilgrimage of the Catholicos in the monastery of gndevank Vayots Dzor diocese, members of the initiative «New Armenia, new Patriarch» blocked the road and surrounded the car of the Patriarch. Small rallies and marches in the framework of the initiative started after the change of the secular power in the country and was appointed Prime Minister of opposition leader Nikol Pashinian.

«Next week will officially submit to the Parliament draft amendments to the law «On ensuring security of persons subject to special state protection», providing for the security of the Catholicos of all Armenians at the legislative level,» Hakobyan wrote on his page in Facebook.

According to him, under current law, the state protection is provided only by the President, Prime Minister and speaker of Parliament.

Hakobyan added that they developed amendments to the law «On freedom of Assembly» is supposed to prohibit meetings on land belonging to religious organizations the right of ownership or lease, without their consent.

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