Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Impressed by New President

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 7, 2012, Wednesday // 14:25
Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Impressed by New President: Bulgarian Ethnic Turkish Leader Impressed by New President Ahmed Dogan (l) and Rosen Plevneliev shake hands during their Wednesday meeting which was part of the so-called "month of political consultations." Photo by BGNES

The leader of the Bulgarian ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, Ahmed Dogan, DPS, admitted that he had been impressed by the country's new President, Rosen Plevneliev.

Dogan stated Plevneliev is entering in a role to bring change without this role being even clearly defined by the Constitution.

The two met in the presidential office Wednesday within the frame of the so-called "month of political consultations."

"We are talking about something extremely important here - the creation by the President of a nation-wide consensus, above any political parties, and a deep rethinking of the country's long-term priorities," the DPS leader told the media after the meeting.

Dogan explained that the institution of the President should not be taken as something purely ceremonial. He appealed to the media to support Plevneliev and to the political elite to make responsible decisions, especially on top issues, still remaining unresolved during the entire Transition Period after the fall of Communism.

During the meeting, the DPS leader and the country's Head of State have discussed the European Commission's strategy Europe 2020.

According to Dogan, the strategy is seeking solutions for the crisis in the EU, pointing out it is Bulgaria's chance to move from the bottom of Europe to its middle.

Rosen Plevneliev was inaugurated in January, after being elected president on the ticket of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB party in October, 2011.

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Tags: month of political consultations, Rosen Plevneliev, Ahmed Dogan, priorities, consensus, strategy, role, constitution, president, ethnic Turkish, Europe 2020, GERB
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