Turkey's FM talks to Bulgaria over 'spy mufti' issue

Muslims in Bulgaria have been staging protests against appointment of former spy and retired lieutenant colonel Gendzhev as Chief Mufti instead of Mustafa Ali Hadji, who was elected for the post last month.

Turkey's FM talks to Bulgaria over 'spy mufti' issue

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu and his Bulgarian counterpart Nikolai Mladenov on Sunday had two phone conversations on the unresolved Mufti issue, diplomats said.

Borisov met Thursday controversial Mufti Nedim Gendzhev, recently appointed as Chief Mufti in Bulgaria, and his predecessor Mustafa Ali Hadji elected by Muslims.

In October 2009, the National Muslim Conference decided to elect Mustafa Ali Hadji as Chief Mufti. But comunist-era Imam Gendzev appealed the Conference's vote and the Bulgarian Supreme Court of Cassations decided to reinstate him at the post. Muslims see Hadji the only legally elected Chief Mufti in Bulgaria.

Since then, Muslim and Turkish people living in Bulgaria have been staging protests against appointment of former spy and retired lieutenant colonel Mufti Nedim Gendzhev as Chief Mufti instead of Mustafa Ali Hadji, who was elected for the post last month.

Anadolu news agency said, "Davutoglu and Mladenov discussed the issue, said a diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, but did not elaborate." 

 

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