Bishop Irinej of Nis, 79, has been elected the new Patriarch of Serbia, according to the Interfax-Religion website.
The Patriarch was elected by lot out of three candidates. The other two were patriarchal Locum Tenants Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Bishop Irinej of Backa.
The election took place yesterday(January 22, 2010) at a session of the Assembly of Bishops in Belgrade.
Previous Patriarch of Serbia Pavle died at the age of 96 on November 15, 2009 in Belgrade, following a two-year bout with intensive heart and lung problems.