Ethnic Turkish Partner "Bulgaria's Back Seat Ruler"

Politics | February 10, 2005, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Ethnic Turkish Partner "Bulgaria's Back Seat Ruler" Tatyana Doncheva, MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party, blamed Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish minority of triggering a political storm by flopping Bulgartabac sell-off deal. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

The Socialist Party blamed for the first time Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish minority of triggering a political storm by flopping Bulgartabac sell-off deal two weeks ago.

You'd better read English-language newspapers, which talk of Bulgaria's political instability, brought about by the ruling coalition junior partner, Tatyana Doncheva, MP from Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), said during Thursday's parliamentary debates, addressing the Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

Parliament debated a motion of non-confidence against the government of Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg, tabled by left- and right-wing opposition parliamentary parties and independent MPs over "the government's inability to rule Bulgaria".

The ruling of Saxe-Coburg started with promises for new moral and ended up with Ahmed Dogan's ruling, said Dimitar Abadzhiev from the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria, founded and headed by former prime minister Ivan Kostov.

The non-confidence motion aims to undermine Bulgaria's parliament and government, Emel Etem from the junior ally Movement for Rights and Freedoms fired back.

She called the motion a deal struck to restore the bipolar model between the Union of Democratic Forces and the Bulgarian Socialist Party.

The Movement for Rights and Freedoms holds two cabinet posts in the government, headed by former king Simeon Saxe-Coburg.

Prestigious British daily the Financial Times recently commented that Ahmed Dogan, leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, is probably the continent's most successful Muslim politician. It predicted that Dogan was set to become more important as Bulgaria joins the EU in January 2007, with Turkey following behind.

Parliament saw the parties defend the pros and cons of a non-confidence motion against the government for more than eight hours. The left and right-wing opposition enumerated what they saw as the incumbents' failure, while the ruling coalition stressed the unlikely unity of "arch enemies".
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