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Bulgaria Ethnic Turks Fight Ruling GERB with ‘Wall of Truth’ July 6, 2010

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Bulgaria Ethnic Turks Fight Ruling GERB with 'Wall of Truth': Bulgaria Ethnic Turks Fight Ruling GERB with 'Wall of Truth'
The DPS MP, Aliosman Imamov, presented Thursday the “Wall of Truth” – several charts and tables which make a comparative analysis of economic indicators in the country now and during the rule of the Three-Way Coalition.

Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) is asking the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party to put an end of their demagogy regarding “legacy from previous government.”

The Member of the Parliament from DPS, Aliosman Imamov, who in the previous General Assembly was the Deputy Chair of the Budget Committee, presented Thursday several charts and tables which make a comparative analysis of macro-economic indicators in the country now and during the rule of the Three-Way Coalition (2005 – 2009).

DPS say the idea to create the “Wall of Truth,” as they call the charts, which are on display in the party’s room inside the Parliament building, belongs to their leader, Ahmed Dogan. The “Wall” is open to monthly updates by opposition MPs and journalists.

The first chart shows the trends of the development of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and places the beginning of the recession during the fourth quarter of 2008 with GDP persistently going down since then.

Regarding work productivity, DPS demonstrate that during the previous cabinet, of which they were part, the trend was for this indicator to go up.

According to Imamov, one year before the crisis another trend had appeared – increase of unemployment while inflation went up during the term of the previous cabinet, but towards its end, in the beginning of 2009, it showed a sharp reduction.

Regarding lower foreign investments, Imamov commented they began to slump as early as the end of 2007, adding if in the next 2 years the lines of the export and the import cross, it would mean Bulgaria is at the end of the recession period.

The DPS MP pointed out the fiscal reserve should not fall below the BGN 4.5 M minimum, and advised the GERB cabinet to undertake serious cuts in public expenditures and stop risking the country’s financial stability.

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

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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.

Bulgaria’s Ethnic Turkish Leader: GERB Rules by Repressions June 13, 2010

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Bulgaria’s Ethnic Turkish Leader: GERB Rules by Repressions: Bulgaria’s Ethnic Turkish Leader: GERB Rules by Repressions
The traditional meeting, dedicated to the anniversary of the so-called “May Events” when ethnic Turks rallied peacefully demanding the reinstatement of their native Muslim names, was held in “Demir Baba Tekke” in northeastern Bulgaria.

The leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), Ahmed Dogan, accused the center-right GERB cabinet of attempting to criminalize the movement.

“The Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) part is hunting all local DPS representatives and aims at starting court cases that would stir discontent, but these efforts that are useless and only work in favor of DPS,” Dogan told reporters Saturday, commenting on Prosecutor’s probes against DPS members.

The ethnic Turkish leader attended the traditional meeting, held at the site in northeastern Bulgaria, known as “Demir Baba Tekke.” The meeting is dedicated to the anniversary of the so-called “May Events” when ethnic Turks rallied peacefully demanding the reinstatement of their native Muslim names replaced during the assimilation campaign of the former Communist regime known as the Revival Process.

Dogan, however, declined to offer many comments, simply reiterating recent statements that Bulgaria cannot function without DPS, and pointing out the cabinet is in a bind over the global economic crisis combined with their delayed and inadequate actions.

The meeting was attended by other high-ranking party functionaries, who addressed the crowd mainly saying the new government is violating rights and freedoms in the country, threatening democracy and all stressing the need to counter these attempts.

Speakers at the meeting, held under the motto: “Democracy and Security Are Impossible without Rights and Freedoms,” included the Members of the Parliament, Remzi Osman and Hasan Ademov, the European MP, Metin Kazak, the Mayor of Kardzhali, Hasan Azis, who was recently charged by the Prosecutor’s office with committing fraud with municipal property, and the Mayor of Garmen, Ahmed Bashev, among others.

Bulgaria MPs Move to Declare Revival Process as Ethnic Cleansing March 16, 2010

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The leader of the rightist Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, Ivan Kostov, says the assimilation policy of the totalitarian regime towards the Muslim population must be sent to the Prosecutor.

The Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Religious Freedom approved Thursday a declaration, condemning the Communist regime’s attempt to forcefully assimilate the country’s ethnic Turkish population.

The document proposes to the Members of the Parliament to state they firmly condemn the assimilation policy of the totalitarian regime towards the Muslim population, including the so-called Revival Process.

“We declare the driving away of 360 000 Bulgarian citizens from Turkish origin in 1989 a form of ethnic cleansing done by the totalitarian regime,” the declaration reads.

The committee is further asking the Bulgarian judiciary ad the Chief Prosecutor to renew the case against the perpetrators of the heinous act, stating the attempts to claim prescription put the blame on all Bulgarians.

“We owe this to the Bulgarian Turks – those who left and those who stayed,” the leader of the rightist Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, Ivan Kostov, said, adding if the Bulgarian Socialist Party’s (BSP) apologies were sincere and not just pulling wool over the eyes of Europe, they must vote for it.

The ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) party declared during the discussions that the Revival Process is the most serious crime of the Communist regime, but BSP pointed out work needs to be directed to most actual issues.

Bulgaria’s Ethnic Turks to Dispute Loss of MP Seat in Strasbourg March 16, 2010

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Hristo Biserov (left) pictured here with Lyutvi Mestan has made it clear the DPS party would attack Tuesday’s decision of the Constitutional Court.

Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party DPS is going to file a suit with the ECHR disputing a ruling of the Bulgarian Constitutional Court under which it loses one MP seat.

The DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) has lost one of its 38 MP seats after the Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday to make void over 18 000 votes cast in Turkey in Bulgaria’s July 2009 Parliamentary Elections because of electoral process violations.

According to MP Hristo Biserov from the DPS leadership, the ruling of the Constitutional Court is wrong and unacceptable, and the party will use all kinds of means in order to get it annulled.

He claims that there were no violations during the voting in Turkey where more than half of all Bulgarian polling stations abroad were opened.

The DPS party could also appeal to the Constitutional Court within 14 days, and is going to ask the Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev to table their appeal to the Court.

“The ruling of the Constitutional Court has severe political consequences. For the first time, a ruling of the Constitutional Court will lead to a trial at the ECHR in Strasbourg, and for the first time a political party is going to appeal to the Constitutional Court after its ruling,” Biserov explained.

Meanwhile, the nationalist party VMRO has also expressed regret over the decision of the Constitutional Court but from another standpoint. The nationalists have slammed the Court for not annulling all votes cast in Turkey, which would mean that seven DPS MPs would have lost their seats.

Bulgaria recalled its Ambassador to Turkey, Branimir Mladenov, in the fall of 2009 over the violations of the election process there during the last Parliamentary Elections.