Bulgaria's Mestan Appeals Court Refusal to Register His Party

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 12, 2016, Tuesday // 09:06
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Mestan Appeals Court Refusal to Register His Party Lyutvi Mestan, leader of DOST party. Photo by BGNES

Expelled DPS leader and current DOST head Lyutvi Mestan has said he appealed on Monday the ruling of a Bulgarian court which turned down his party's registration request.

In 17 pages, his party argues the decision breaches the legislation and good practices prescribed by the European Court of Human Rights.

DOST's application was declined due to the meaning of its acronym (which sounds and spells like a word for "friend" in Turkish) and the fact that a vast part of its founders were of ethnic Turkish origin.

Bulgaria's constitution (Article 11/4) bans the formation of parties "on an ethnic, racial, or religious basis". The Sofia City Court, however, has said that, although the party's application does not contravene the "letter" of the law, it violates its "spirit".

Mestan sees the development as "discrimination", pointing to the fact that acronyms of other parties are foreign words or borrowings adopted in Bulgarian, such as that of the biggest party GERB ("coat of arms", coming in Bulgarian from "Herbe", or "heritage" and "legacy"), nationalist Ataka, and a smaller organization called BASTA.

We need your support so Novinite.com can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

Domestic » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Lyutvi Mestan, Sofia City Court, DOST, DPS
Expats.bg All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency - www.sofianewsagency.com) and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria