TURKISH MEDIA CLAIM BG ELECTIONS SURPRISING

Politics | November 20, 2001, Tuesday // 00:00

Turkish television channels’ coverage of Bulgaria’s presidential elections focused on the support the Turkish minority gave to the President-elect Georgi Parvanov and the blow the Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg has suffered. According to famous Turkish journalists, Parvanov’s election has been both surprising and confusing. The opinion that the results are reflection of the voters’ discontent rather than support for Parvanov was frequently expressed. It was underlined however that the elections have also showed that the Bulgarians are nostalgic towards the communist past. As the second huge surprise Turkish journalists pointed the support of the Turkish minority for the candidate of the Socialist Party. In an interview for the most popular private Turkish channel CNN-Turk Yunal Lyutfi, Member of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and Deputy Parliament Speaker, explained that the change has been brought about by the Socialists themselves. “Parvanov promised that members of the Turkish minority access to diplomacy, foreign policy and special services of Bulgaria.“

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