Bulgaria’s DPS to Meet to Decide on Mestan's Fate as Party Leader - bTV

Politics » DOMESTIC | December 24, 2015, Thursday // 10:41
Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s DPS to Meet to Decide on Mestan's Fate as Party Leader - bTV DPS founder Ahmed Dogan (L) and party leader Lyutvi Mestan (R). File photo BGNES

The Movement for Rights and Feedoms (DPS) is expected to decide on Thursday whether Lyutvi Mestan will remain leader of the second-largest opposition party in Bulgaria’s current parliament, bTV has reported.

The meeting comes in the wake of criticism of Mestan's political reaction to the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey from Ahmed Dogan, founder and honorary chairman of the predominantly ethnic Turk party.

In a New Year speech before DPS leadershipDogan has criticised Mestan for a declaration of support for Turkey in the country’s row with Moscow over the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish Air Force jets in November.

At Thursday's meeting, Mestan could resign, or he could be suspended as chairman until the regular party congress in March of April next year and an interim leader take over, according to bTV.   

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