Anadolu Agency: Balkan Turks Slam DPS’s Nationalist Candidate Pick

      Published on Tuesday, 28 February , 2017      231 Views     

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The Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) has come under fire for nominating two former members of far-right Ataka party for the upcoming general election in Bulgaria, Anadolu Agency writes.

The DPS is not an ethnic party in itself, but purports to represent minorities (including that of ethnic Turks and Roma) in Bulgaria, and its election tickets and leadership are normally dominated by Bulgarian Turks. Ethnic parties are barred under the Constitution.

Last week, Kamen Petkov of Ataka and Slavi Binev – who left the party in 2011 to join the Patriotic Front in a few years – announced they were now on DPS tickets.

Binev’s former organization, the Patriotic Front, supported the previous government, which hinged on its votes in the legislature to secure a majority. The PF has repeatedly lashed out at the DPS, labeling it as a “pro-Turkish party” alongside DOST, which was formed by ex-DPS head Lyutvi Mestan last year.

Anadolu quotes Zurfettin Hacıoğlu, president of the Balkan Rumeli Turks Confederation, as saying the nominations were “the biggest insult” to Turkish and Muslim communities in Bulgaria.

“These people are nominated from the area where our Pomak brothers are living…“Nominating former members of [Ataka], who are hostile to Turkish people, by the votes of Turkish people, is another way of saying to them ‘Do not vote for this political party’.”


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