Metropolitan Kirill is elected to the Moscow Patriarchal Throne

The outcome of the election of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia was declared at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the evening of 27 January 2009. The Local Council elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad to the Moscow Patriarchal Throne.

The Chairman of the Counting Committee, Metropolitan Isidor of Yekaterinodar and Kuban, announced that 702 delegates had voted by secret ballot. The number of ballot papers after voting was 700, including 677 valid and 23 invalid ballots.

The Locum Tenens of the Patriarchal Throne Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad got 508 votes; Metropolitan Clement of Kaluga and Borovsk, Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate – 169 votes.

The participants in the Council applauded the news of the election of Metropolitan Kirill the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.