Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister to Resign "If Needed"

Politics | February 11, 2005, Friday // 00:00
Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister to Resign "If Needed" Bulgaria’s Agriculture Minister Mehmed Dikme (pictured) announced that he is ready to resign if the junior coalition parent MRF asked him to do so. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister Mehmed Dikme said that he is ready to resign if the junior coalition partner Movement for Rights and Freedom (MRF) asks him to do so.

Minister Dikme was involved in the recent scandal over the failed privatization deal of Bulgaria's tobacco giant Bulgartabac. Dikme had at first signed the privatization contract but later on he withdrew his approval of the contract.

The vote on a non-confidence move against the Bulgarian Government is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. local time on Friday. The move against the Government was triggered by the failed privatisation of Bulgartabac, the country's tobacco monopoly. Political squabbles had chased away British American Tobacco, formerly bidding for three of Bulgartabac's most profitable factories.

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