ASIA/TURKEY - A candidate from the Jewish community will likely be the next representative of non-Muslim Foundations

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 religious minorities   middle east   oriental churches   hebraism  


Istanbul (Agenzia Fides) - The election of the representative of the non-Muslim Foundations of Turkey is scheduled for December 24, but the various members present in the decision-making bodies of the Foundations Network have already agreed that the next representative will likely be a member of the local Jewish community. Non-Muslim communities in Turkey conduct their affairs through officially recognized foundations that represent their respective communities. There are seven non-Muslim religious communities present in Turkey: Turkey's Jews, Greeks, Armenians, Syriacs, Chaldeans, Bulgarians, and Georgians. The representative of non-Muslim Foundations speaks on behalf of a network of 167 non-Islamic Community Foundations in Turkey. The current representative is Toros Alcan, who belongs to the Armenian community and was elected in 2015. Previously, the role had been held for two consecutive terms by Greek Orthodox Laki Vingas. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 24/10/2017)