Bulgarian Right-Winger Condemns Attack against Key Politician
Ivan Kostov, leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria party, has denounced Saturday's gun attack against Ahmed Dogan, leader of the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms.
Police in Bulgaria detained a man after he pointed a gun at Dogan as he was delivering a speech in the capital Sofia. No shots were fired. The man was identified as Oktay Enimemehmedov, a 25-year-old ethnic Turkish resident of the city of Burgas, with a previous criminal record for assault and theft.
In a statement, Kostov has described the attack as a "provocation against the country's political system," adding that those responsible for the accident should be quickly named.
Kostov has also criticized the Bulgarian Interior Ministry and the National Security Service for what he has perceived as their failure to react to the attack.
Dogan resigned his post as party chairman four hours after an attempt was made on his life. His resignation had been rumored as incoming in the past couple of days.
- » Regional Minister Expects No More Delays to Launch of Maritsa Motorway
- » Bulgaria's Nedelino Has New Mayor as Court Removes Former Holder
- » Bulgaria’s Environment Ministry Files BGN 180 000 Lawsuit against Concessionaire of Bansko Ski Zone
- » Bulgaria’s President Backs Judicial Reform through Constitutional Changes
- » Bulgarian Socialist Party to Try to Appeal New Debt of BGN 16 B at Constitutional Court
- » Increased Consumption of Cigarettes and Alcohol in Bulgaria