Bulgarian party to propose 'Turkish language' bill

According to Bulgarian law, the Turkish language is just an elective course for Turkish citizens and it is banned during the election campaign.

Bulgarian party to propose 'Turkish language' bill

World Bulletin / News Desk

The centralist Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) party in Bulgaria will propose a ‘required Turkish language course in Bulgaria for Turkish minority’ which means that Turkish people living in Bulgaria will be able to learn Turkish in school, the party leader said on Thursday.

Approximately 590 thousand Turks live in Bulgaria and they constitute 8.8 percent of the total population, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

The bill will be debated in the parliament after the upcoming election which will be held on Sunday.

In Bulgarian parliament elections in 2013, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms took 36 seats and remained the third biggest party.

The MRF party presented a compulsory Turkish lessons draft law to parliament in January 2013 but it was not approved by the other parties.

According to Bulgarian law, the Turkish language is just an elective course for Turkish citizens and also the Turkish language is banned to use during the election campaign.

The MRF party leader Lutvi Mestan harshly criticized the Bulgarian law and said "Differences in the Bulgarian community are not seen as a wealth but they are seen as a potential risk to national security by the government."

After the collapse of Soviet regime in Bulgaria in 1989, the new government banned Turkish language in public schools that means the second generation of Turks can not retain a connection to their past and preserve the identity that links them across the generations to their ancestors.

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski submitted his government's resignation on 23 July to the country's National Assembly following protests over the nomination of media mogul Delyan Peevski to head the national security agency.

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev appointed a caretaker government on August 6 ahead of early elections on October 5.

Last Mod: 02 Ekim 2014, 15:37
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