Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Party Renegades to Launch New Formation
Kasim Dal and Korman Ismailov, former key members of Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), have reiterated that they are to form a brand new political party.
The new formation will be created by the end of 2012. The party will be named Freedom and Dignity.
Its future members have assured local media that it will not be based on ethnicity.
Both Dal and Ismailov broke off from Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party DPS (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) back in January 2011 after scandals caused by a conflict between Dal and the party's contoversial leader Ahmed Dogan.
After some two decades of close political and personal friendship, including with respect to the establishment of the local DPS organizations all over Bulgaria, Dal has criticized Dogan publicly for the latter's involvement with the former State Security, the secret police and intelligence of the Bulgarian communist regime.
The formal reason for his rift with Dogan was criticism of the way the long-standing leader has been running the party, which according to Dal resembles a "personal fiefdom".
After Dal was excommunicated by the DPS leadership, he was joined by Korman Ismailov, a former head of the youth organization of the DPS party, who left the party and became an independent Member of the Bulgarian Parliament.
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