Business | June 18, 2001, Monday // 00:00

Bulgarian President Petar Stoyanov congratulated National Movement Simeon II as the absolute winner in the parliamentary elections in a special statement to the nation today. He praised the commitment of the NMS II leaders to continue the track of the economic reforms. The UDF coalition, running second in the exit polls, should be respected for its achievements during its four years ruling and for its leaders` willingness to accept their responsibility for the failure. President Stoyanov delivered his congratulations to all parties, which will be presented in the next parliament – Coalition for Bulgaria, Movement for Rights and Freedom and most probably IMRO-Gergiovden. `This parliamentary elections portrayed Bulgaria as a democratic country proved to meet the highest European standards.`, he concluded. President Stoyanov thanked to all Bulgarian voters for their contribution to the General Elections. He expressed special gratitude to the Council of Ministers, Bulgarian diplomatic offices abroad, non-governmental organizations, journalists and observers for their civic control during the Elections day. `Elections are the measurements of every democracy. Bulgarians choose their new governors. I wish to the new leaders not to betray the trust of the voters and to handle the responsibility.`, President Stoyanov said. He appealed for cooperation and coalition in the new parliament citing the example of Bulgarian Chan Kroum.

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