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Bulgaria Ethnic Turks Back President, against EU Funds Minister June 29, 2010

Posted by Yilan in Bulgaria, Turkey, Turkish minority of Bularia.
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Bulgaria Ethnic Turks behind President, against EU Funds Minister: Bulgaria Ethnic Turks Back President, against EU Funds Minister
DPS Deputy Chair, Lyutvi Mestan, announced Tuesday his party will will not support the proposal of the cabinet to appoint a new Minister without portfolio in charge of the EU funds. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) are taking the side of President, Georgi Parvanov, in the controversy with the cabinet.

According to DPS, Parvanov had not violated the Constitution by publishing a transcript from his conversation with Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, without the latter’s knowledge. The ethnic Turks are of the opinion the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party has no legal basis to start the impeachment procedure they want.

DPS say the procedure will only destabilize the country.

Meanwhile the party Deputy Chair, Lyutvi Mestan, informed they will not support the proposal of the cabinet to appoint a new Minister without portfolio in charge of the EU funds, despite seeing some positives into it.

Mestan pointed out that the previous Three-Way Coalition cabinet, of which DPS was part, had such post, but the new rulers initially rejected it as harmful for the country.

“Eight months after the elections, the same proposal that was earlier strongly rejected is now put on the table. Those issuing it owe an explanation and an admission of making a mistake,” Mestan said, adding no one knowns yet why the first such idea, involving INSEAD Professor, Ilyan Mihov, was never realized.

In addition, DPS is against making State employees pay their own health insurance contributions because this would be an attempt to transfer the hardship from the crisis to some sectors of society.

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