Bulgarian prime minister Borisov decides referendum on Turkish language news on state television is a waste of time

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Those weren't his exact words, but he has made the decision that supporting the decision to hold a referendum on whether to cancel Turkish language news broadcasts on Bulgarian state television is an issue with no benefit to him. Here are a few reasons: 1) Parliament can decide the issue itself, 2) It plays into the far right's hands too much, 3) The referendum has brought about quite a bit of international condemnation, 4) asking the majority to decide on the rights of a minority is asking for trouble. At least with parliament deciding on an issue like this there is a public voting record that anyone can see, whereas a referendum is anonymous.

Because of this he has likened it to a trap and is backing out. You can read about it in more detail in Turkish here or in English here...and also in Bulgarian here.

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