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Commenting article: Road to Macedonia, Greece Blocked by Protests over Unwanted DPS Lawmaker

The European route E-79 remained sealed off for hours on Monday as angry demonstrators voiced their anger at authorities' decision to hand out an MP seat to Aleksandar Metodiev from the DPS.

Metodiev, also known as "Bat Sali", will be among lawmakers representing the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) from the region of Kyustendil, a town in Bulgaria's south-west.

Only 800 people in the region cast a ballot for the DPS in last Sunday's early elections, but the party (with the eighth result in Kyustendil) received a total of about 60 000 votes from abroad, which were reallocated across Bulgaria's electoral regions.

This system enables "Bat Sali" to make it into Parliament, and voters from the towns of Kyustendil and Dupnitsa are now protesting at the Central Electoral Commission (CEC)'s decision.

E-79 was blocked by hundreds of cars, motorcycles and people as of Monday noon, the Bulgarian National Radio reports.

Demonstrators are determined not to allow "the party with the smallest number of votes" to have a mandate and will not allow "Bat Sali" to represent them in the National Assembly.

Local authorities, including Kyustendil mayor and municipal officials, were also present.

BG-man - 13 Oct 2014 // 18:05:00

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