European Elections 2014

Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Says Yes to Mother Tongue Campaigning

Politics » DOMESTIC | February 15, 2014, Saturday // 15:51| Views: | Comments: 10
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Says Yes to Mother Tongue Campaigning Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov has endorsed election campaigning in languages different than Bulgarian – provided that there is an interpreter available.

“I believe that, if there is an interpreter, the campaigning will be de facto in Bulgarian, too,” Mikov has told Darik radio.

On Friday, the Bulgarian Parliament rejected the possibility of election campaigning in any native language other than Bulgarian, fueling discontent in the predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, a member of the ruling coalition.

Mikov said Saturday that he disapproved of the move, stating that lawmakers had been misguided by “constant demons of suspicion” regarding some ethnic groups.

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Seedy - 19 Feb 2014 // 06:39:15

Sadly the august upholders of free and fair reporting cited by the clearly-insane Chilli are not available in my native tongue - and I can assure him that his tsigani cast-offs are of no interest to me as I prefer their sisters.....

Dzaekdo - 19 Feb 2014 // 01:33:01

As a Brit I would struggle to read the Sun and the Daily Mail in my native tongue, it does not represent anything I recognise as reality in the U.K. Given an opportunity I would vote Seedy. I am sure the Daily Mail would expose any impropriaty with gypsies, ancient dogs or alcohol problems.

Chushki - 18 Feb 2014 // 22:15:15

Seedy will be rather upset at this news - and whilst he struggles to read his beloved Sun and Daily Mail in his native tongue whilst simultaneously gorging himself on cheap beer and feeding his pet 12-year old gypsy boyfriend chips, I am sure that given sufficient training even he would eventually be able to recognize the cyrillic for BSP & MRF on a ballot paper and scribble his X in the box - this is of course assuming he can remain sober for long enough to make it to the polling station.

Seedy - 18 Feb 2014 // 16:42:22

Expressing an opinion is one thing but electing the government which controls both the whole country and the lives of your fellow-citizens is something very different.

Unfortunately, it's an academic exercise anyway as the votes of those "Bulgarians" who don't speak Bulgarian have already been bought and sold - and their bus tickets are already booked.......

Richiie - 18 Feb 2014 // 15:45:50

Freedom of expression includes the freedom to choose the language to express your opinion in. Let anyone campaign in Swahili if they want to: they won't be understood by many, but that's their own problem, not that of the electorate. The voters just won't vote for them.

Seedy - 16 Feb 2014 // 15:46:36

Okay - so what, O Enlightened One, is "the problem" in your omniscient view?

And, just for the record, I actually speak a good proportion of the official EU languages......

Endimion - 16 Feb 2014 // 14:21:42

Seedy, you have been accepted as an EU citizen without speaking or understanding all of the official EU languages. But I understand that the problem here is not your blind (euphemism), anachronistic nationalism, nor your very limited, intuitive notions of citizenship and nationality.

Tania Oz - 16 Feb 2014 // 02:39:42

OK, so the big question IS, what happened between Friday and Saturday????? And particularly since Parliament was not going to sit until wednesday next week unless an emergency session of Parliament was called for.

Scenario: bedlam again, in friday's parliament session which only lasted 50 MINUTES, campainging in languages other than Bulgarian was rejected, Mestanite was outraged about discrimination toward minorities followed by inflammatory remarks by a DPS Turk member, GERB and Ataka walk out, parliament is adjourned until wednesday after lack of quorum. But miraculously Mihov announces on the weekend that campainging WILL be allowed in "mother tongue" language!!!!!! How did Mihov make that decision all by himself and without parliament reconvening??? How can such a swift decision be made and a formal announcement be made on an important matter in just afew hours??? And without all MP's being involved in the process???

So one can only conclude and very obviously, that Dogan and Mestanite struck a deal with the COMMIES between friday am and saturday am. Stanishite cannot risk the ire and wrath of the Turks and upset the balance of power in "government" now, can he? This whole situation just STINKS AND SMACKS OF BEHIND THE SCENES COLLUSION between the Red Trash and the Turks!!!

BTW: "Mikov said Saturday that he disapproved of the move, stating that lawmakers had been misguided by “constant demons of suspicion” .............??? What exactly does this ridiculous and incomprehensible statement mean??? In which language would it be logical Mihov???

Conclusion: DPS has been given license to continue to bring in truckloads of Turkish paid voters for a day trip, come election time. And in Bulgaria we can now campaign in any language whatsoever. I'd better start learning Swahili, Arabic and Turkish.

This is all totally unfknbelievable and unacceptable!

Yane - 16 Feb 2014 // 00:49:00

Traitor, he should not be speaker anymore, investigate him for corruption, probably bribed by Erdogan.

Seedy - 15 Feb 2014 // 17:11:49

If someone can't speak Bulgarian then they have no business voting in elections here - end of!

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