Leader of Bulgaria Ethnic Turkish Party Reelected Unanimously January 6, 2010Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria.
The DPS leader, Ahmed Dogan (center) received the vote of all 769 delegates to the national conference marking the 20th anniversary of the party’s founding.
The leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party, Ahmed Dogan, has been reelected unanimously.
After the vote count it became clear that out of 769 delegates to the national conference marking the 20th anniversary of the DPS founding, all 769 had given their vote for Dogan.
The conference also marked the 20th anniversary of Dogan leading the party.
The reelection came despite earlier hints coming from Dogan himself that he is set to resign from his post.
At the conference, Dogan defined the previous coalition cabinet, which included DPS, as successful overall, and the most successful one from economic standpoint for the entire transition period after 1989.
“I praise the Allah and the voters that we are in opposition so that we can clean our arteries. Otherwise we would be finished,” Dogan said.
The DPS leader also spoke about the need to support Turkey’s EU accession.
The conference made decisions regarding the party preparation for the 2011 local elections aimed at expanding DPS positions on local level along with seeking wide support in order to decisively oppose parties who spread racial, ethnic and religious hate.