Ethnic Turkish Partner "Pulls Saxe-Coburg's Strings"

Politics | February 12, 2005, Saturday // 00:00
Ethnic Turkish Partner "Pulls Saxe-Coburg's Strings" Bulgaria's former PM and leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria Ivan Kostov forecast disillusionment for New Timers, a small party, whose traded its support to save the government. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia News Agency)

Bulgaria's former prime minister and leader of the right-wing Democrats for Strong Bulgaria Ivan Kostov forecast disillusionment for the small party, whose last-minute support secured the survival of the Bulgarian government.

The New Timers will be deceived and will not get the ministerial posts for which they traded their support for the government, Kostov said during his visit to the town of Pleven, Northern Bulgaria.

In his words the political center, as described by political scientists and sociologists, has been conquered by Ahmed Dogan, leader of the junior coalition partner, the predominantly ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms.

According to him Ahmed Dogan used the New Timers as a tool in a scheme, which envisaged to keep control over tobacco monopoly Bulgartabac and hold prime minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg on a string.

The deal struck to rescue the government traded conscience for power and money, Kostov said.

The government of Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg survived on Friday the non-confidence vote, tabled by left- and right-wing opposition parliamentary parties and independent MPs over "the government's inability to rule Bulgaria". The government of the ruling coalition relied on 131 votes in the 240-seat parliament, after the splinter lawmakers from the New Time faction deserted from the united opposition to join the Saxe-Coburg coalition.

It survived 128-106, two MPs abstained.

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